Tennis: Sharapova & Wozniacki wobble but are through to Aussie Open 3rd round
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Third seed Maria Sharapova and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki survived frights at the Australian Open on Thursday but dug deep to grind their way into the third round.
Russian star Sharapova, the 2008 champion, came through a brutal three-set marathon against 44th-ranked Karin Knapp in intense heat.
She battled temperatures of up to 42 deg C and a third set lasting nearly two hours to down the Italian 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 and set up a clash with France's Alize Cornet, who broke down in tears of frustration during her game.
"I worked really hard in the last few months and I wanted this match," said Sharapova, after making extensive use of ice vests and ice packs to keep cool in the sizzling conditions.