Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki fell in the third round of the Australian Open 2019, beaten by former champ and No.30 seed Maria Sharapova 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a breath-taking clash on Rod Laver Arena.
It was the runner versus the gunner on Rod Laver Arena, as this clash of former champs and former world No.1s lived up to the billing. As quick as Wozniacki may be, she didn’t have enough answers in the face of a 37-strong barrage of winners from Sharapova, who will face Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty for a spot in the quarter-finals.
“I was anticipating the match and I wanted that match to happen,” Sharapova said, having targeted this encounter when the draw was released. “These are really the types of matchups that I haven't really had where I could really challenge myself.
“Whether it was a bad result or an easy two-set loss, to be in the grind of things and to really have to figure out a way to be on top is what I missed. I didn't really get many of those chances. You learn a lot, and when you put yourself in those positions and you get through, those are great, great victories.”