Sharapova, Makarova reach Australian Open semis

Sharapova eases past 20-year-old Canadian Bouchard in 78 minutes while Makarova gets the better of Halep.

    Sharapova (left) has beaten Bouchard in all four meetings the pair have had [Reuters]
    Sharapova (left) has beaten Bouchard in all four meetings the pair have had [Reuters]

    Maria Sharapova showcased all of her canny experience and brutal efficiency as she gave Eugenie Bouchard a 78-minute tennis lesson to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals.

    The 20-year-old Bouchard reached the last-four in Australia and France as well as the Wimbledon final in 2014 but was no match for Sharapova, who showed she was not ready to be usurped by the younger generation just yet in a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

    The 27-year-old has now beaten the Canadian in each of their four meetings, three of which have been at grand slams, and set up a meeting with 10th-seeded compatriot Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the final.

    Sharapova will take on Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the final.

    Makarova continued her impressive rise as a grand slam contender by dismantling listless third seed Simona Halep 6-4, 6-0.

    The 10th-seeded Russian, who made her maiden grand slam semi-final at the US Open last year, leaped on Romanian Halep's serve, breaking her twice in the first set and three times in the second to roar to a 5-0 lead.

    A shell-shocked Halep was utterly overwhelmed and meekly surrendered the match by crunching a backhand wide of the tramlines after 69 minutes.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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