Wozniacki disappointed but defiant after Australian Open loss

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"I haven't played many matches in the past year, especially against top players, these are the types of matches I train for so it's really rewarding to win that final point". "It was definitely a match that I looked forward to when the draw came out".

Wozniacki, who won last year's edition of the tournament to claim her first Grand Slam title, conceded that small margins had been the difference as Sharapova advanced 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 in Melbourne. 'She doesn't really talk to anybody and just, you know, has her team and has her own thing, and that's that.

The five-time Grand Slam victor dumped the Dane from the tournament in a three-set thriller 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to claim her biggest scalp since completing a drugs ban in 2017.

But the 28-year-old refused to beat herself up about the loss, saying she had left everything on the court in her third round clash against the Russian. "I knew I would get a tough match".

Next up for him is fiery Greek 14th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat Georgia's 19th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-4. But Sharapova did not fold, the steel in her eyes showing just how much she wanted to win this one, and a series of ferocious forehands in the seventh game gave her the breakthrough.

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Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova burst into the big time with a stunning win over Aryna Sabalenka to reach the fourth round. I feel pretty happy about it.

Sabalenka was the second Belarusian to take a third-round tumble yesterday, with Aliaksandra Sasnovich losing 6-0 6-3 to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in exactly an hour. He is winning a lot of matches.

Roger Federer, the defending men's champion, also enjoyed a comfortable victory on Rod Laver Arena.

Barty continued the so-called "Barty Party" by ending Sakkari's run, and will play either former champion Maria Sharapova or defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the next round.

"It feels incredible. I just felt at home straight away as I got here, it just felt fantastic to be back, " Wozniacki said.

Second seed Rafael Nadal proved untroubled by Australia's Alex de Minaur as the Spaniard secured a straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win.

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