Sharapova beats Ekaterina

Melbourne: One of the most popular faces at the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, has continued her domination with a straight sets victory over fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova at the Melbourne Park here.

The beautiful Tennis sensation took to a 6-2, 6-2 quarterfinal victory and not only she has set up a semifinal encounter with former French Open champion Li Na but also saw a new record set by the World No.2. Sharapova lost only nine games in five matches.

Sharapova double-bagelled her first two matches 6-0, 6-0 and then beat Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 and Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0, beating Monica Seles' Australian Open record of losing 12 games before the semifinal.

"To be honest, those are not the stats you want to be known for," Sharapova said, adding that she was more concerned about adding to her four Grand Slam titles.

Sharapova broke Makarova in the third game of the first set but Makarova immediately retrieved the break to level at 2-2.

But Makarova, who beat 15-time major champion Serena Williams in the fourth round at the Australian Open last year, dropped serve again before Sharapova tore through the remainder of the opening set and never looked back.

Sharapova's has got large number of fans here in Australia as well as they roar aloud for the lady during every match she plays here.


I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.

~Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear