Australian Open: Hsieh Su-wei proves too hot for Garbine Muguruza

Sharapova, playing at the tournament for the first time since failing a drugs test here two years ago which led to her 15-month ban, beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6, having lost to the Latvian at last year's US Open.

After a scintillating 98-minute thriller, Hsieh Su-wei's Cinderella run at the 2018 Australian Open magically continued after ousting 26th seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the third round.

The third seed, who needed treatment early on for a blister on her left foot, found her heaviest hits coming back in unusual places and, to make matters worse, she was often left flat-footed by Hsieh's punchy and double-handed groundstrokes.

Muguruza suffered injuries in the Brisbane and Sydney warm-up tournaments, and though she appeared to be back on track in the first round it wasn't to last. Find us on Facebook too!

The few top players upholding their favorite status amidst the scorching temperatures in Melbourne on Thursday were No. 1 Simona Halep easily handling former starlet Genie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2, and No. 6 Karolina Pliskova dismissing Brazil's Beatriz Hadad Maia 6-1, 6-1.

Ninth seed Konta wilted against world No. 123 Bernarda Para, while world No. 3 Muguruza lost 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 to Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei. So against different players, I try to do a little bit different stuff.

Heat hovered around 40C (104F) as 2016 champion Angelique Kerber set up a meeting with Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic in a 70-minute afternoon match at Margaret Court Arena.

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Muguruza had five double-faults, including one to give Hsieh a match point, and made 43 unforced errors.

The Spaniard responded by winning four of the next five games, but crumbled in the tie-break as Hsieh took it 7-1.

No. 3-ranked Muguruza follows Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens out of the tournament in the first week, leaving only three major winners still in the women's draw - and two of them could meet in the third round.

"I look forward to these matches", 2008 victor Sharapova, ranked 48th after returning from a 15-month ban last April, said. Federer, chasing his 20th grand slam at the age of 36, came through in just under two hours and has reached the last 16 at Melbourne for the 16th time. "I don't try to play the same game".

Instead, she received only a warning from the match umpire. I practise topspin, flat balls, slice.

"It feels unbelievable. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I'm in, so I was obviously excited", Pera said. "I'm happy I didn't buy one". The Taiwanese world number 88 was playing some top-notch tennis and her shots were barely-clipping the lines, which caused Radwanska to struggle occasionally.

No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla, 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, and No. 21 Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek.

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