MANILA, Philippines – Maria Sharapova continued her perfect run in the Australian Open quarterfinals by swatting aside Russian compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
Sharapova had not lost any of her previous five Australian Open quarterfinal matches, a record she extended with ease against the 19th seeded Makarova.
Sharapova has dropped just nine games in total, the fewest number conceded by a semi-finalist at the tournament.
Sharapova, who won the Australian Open title in 2008, will now meet sixth-seed Li Na in the semi-finals on Thursday. -- Mornings @ ANC, January 23, 2013