Second seed Maria Sharapova sent Venus Williams crashing out of the Australian Open Friday in a crushing straight sets defeat in the third round.
Russia's Maria Sharapova hits a return against Venus Williams of the US during their third round singles match on day five of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 18, 2013. Sharapova sent Williams crashing out of the tournament Friday in a crushing straight sets defeat.
The Russian, who was champion at Melbourne Park in 2008, was in rampant form, winning 6-1, 6-3 in 79 minutes on Rod Laver Arena against the vastly experienced American.
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