Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Kirsten Flipkens to make quarter-finals
Last Updated: 20/01/13 4:19pm
Maria Sharapova looking to go one better after last year's runner-up spot
Maria Sharapova needed just 68 minutes to crush Kirsten Flipkens and cruise into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
The Russian won 6-1 6-0 and has now dropped just five games in her four matches in Melbourne on her way to setting up a last-eight clash with compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
"I'm certainly happy to be playing this well but it's the quarter-finals and it only gets tougher from here," said Sharapova who made her 18th career grand slam quarter-final.
The 25-year-old second seed broke for a 2-1 first-set lead and never looked back with further breaks in games five and seven and swiftly wrapped up set two to destroy the Belgian.
Makarova was equally impressive as she dumped out fifth seed Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-4 and Sharapova is expecting a tough match.
The second seed is refusing to look beyond the match, where - if she wins - she is likely to face the in-form Agnieszka Radwanska.
She said: "It's not about waiting to see where you are in the semis or finals,
it's about who is ahead of you.
"And my next match is against Makarova and I have to do the right things to
"If I win that, it's about moving on to the next one. That's how I go about a
tournament, a Grand Slam.
"Obviously I want to be playing my best tennis towards the end of the second