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Angelique Kerber - Maria Sharapova
Australian Open women - 20 January 2018

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova live with Eurosport. The match starts at 16:00 on 20 January 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Just 69 minutes needed there - Sharapova's error-strewn game no competition for the brilliance of Kerber.

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Kerber is the sole Slam champion remaining in Melbourne on the women's side of the draw.

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KERBER 6-1 6-3 SHARAPOVA: A hold to 15, serving this match out with ease, and this has been wonderful from Angelique Kerber. Sharapova gave her more to think about in the second set, but the Russian simply wasn't good enough to compete with a Kerber in this kind of form.

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KERBER 6-1 5-3 SHARAPOVA: A 16-shot rally gives Kerber two break points, and Sharapova can't get the ball over the net with the German's fine attack.

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KERBER 6-1 4-3 SHARAPOVA: Kerber stops the Sharapova roll as the Russian loses her chances to break serve. It looked like momentum was with her but the German grits her teeth.

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KERBER 6-1 3-3 SHARAPOVA: Absolutely grinding this out now, a hold to love as Sharapova finally looks like she's turned up.

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KERBER 6-1 3-2 SHARAPOVA: Still on serve in this second set, which is much more evenly contested than that blistering first.

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KERBER 6-1 2-2 SHARAPOVA: A hold of serve for Sharapova to level things up in this second set.

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KERBER 6-1 2-1 SHARAPOVA: Kerber decides to help out Sharapova a bit and begin her own service game with a double fault. There's a huge roar of encouragement for the Russian as the crowd evidently want to see something a little bit closer than this has been so far.

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KERBER 6-1 2-0 SHARAPOVA: A double fault gives Kerber two break points, and another poor serve from Sharapova plus a defeated-looking slug over the net hands her the game.

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KERBER 6-1 1-0 SHARAPOVA: Sharapova fistpumps a point, but currently she has little else to celebrate. Kerber totally in control.

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KERBER 6-1 SHARAPOVA: Sharapova's first serve has been poor so far today, and her approach play is not good enough to do anything against a Kerber in this kind of form.

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KERBER 5-1 SHARAPOVA: This is delightful tennis from Kerber! Her movement is exceptional, and she's seeing opportunities all over the court.

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KERBER 4-1 SHARAPOVA: Kerber has got Sharapova tied up in knots here. The Russian is trying to regroup and devise some tactics that might work against someone in such flying form, but attempting the dropshot isn't a great idea.

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KERBER 3-1 SHARAPOVA: This is beautiful tennis from Angelique Kerber. She's hitting the ball so well, and she defends brilliantly.

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KERBER 2-1 SHARAPOVA: Sharapova's forehand is much improved, and she gets the benefit of a very lucky brush of the net.

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KERBER 2-0 SHARAPOVA: This is a fine, attacking start from the 21st seed, dominating Sharapova from the base line and at the net.

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KERBER 1-0 SHARAPOVA: Well, Angelique Kerber has Maria Sharapova on the run, breaking with some deft returns of serve, timing her shots brilliantly.

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Pat Benatar is booming from the speaker system in the arena as the players warm up.

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The only two Slam champions left in the Australian Open draw are about to face each other. This should be a cracker.

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