The Rod Laver Arena evening conflict between the main two thousand hammer victors left in the ladies’ draw had the vibe of a show-stopper last as opposed to a third-round conflict however it was Kerber who rose to the event.
Sharapova, back in Melbourne in the wake of testing positive for a restricted substance here in 2016 bringing about a 15-month boycott, had looked threatening in the opening two rounds.
In any case, Kerber, who plunged down the rankings a year ago in the wake of completing the prior year at number one, softened her serve up the main session of the match and that set the tone for what took after.
She streaked away with the primary set and albeit 2008 champion Sharapova quickly undermined a fightback in the wake of falling behind in the second, it was not to be the Russian’s night.
A cushioned drop shot endeavor at 3-4 took after by an unforced mistake gave 2016 champion Kerber breathing space and she completed the challenge in the following amusement.