AO Gallery: Stars Rise Up
Contenders Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard subdued upset-minded opponents in Australian Open third round play on Friday.
Published January 23, 2015 12:10
The Genie Army was out in full force for Eugenie Bouchard's third round tilt with Caroline Garcia.
Garcia eyed a volley, but couldn't muster a game from 5-5 in the first set.
Bouchard improved to 22-4 in Grand Slam play since the start of 2014.
Sara Errani entered her clash with Yanina Wickmayer 2-3 in their history, but having won two straight.
Wickmayer rejoiced after securing entry into her first Grand Slam fourth round in almost four years.
German 19-year-old Carina Witthoeft competed in her first third round at a Grand Slam.
Irina-Camelia Begu's reward for defeating Witthoeft is a fourth round date with Bouchard.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands staged a second set rally against Simona Halep, but ultimately fell short.
The third-seeded Halep improved to 8-0 on the season, and has not dropped a set all tournament.
Unlike in her second round match, Maria Sharapova was in fine form the whole match against Zarina Diyas.
In a rematch of last year's Pattaya City final, Ekaterina Makarova beat Karolina Pliskova once again.
Peng Shuai got past Yaroslava Shvedova to advance to her third straight Grand Slam fourth round.
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