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Maria Sharapova calls weather ‘toughest challenge’ at Australian Open

January 20, 10:16 UTC+3 SYDNEY
In the next round, Sharapova will face either American Lauren Davis or Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova
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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

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SYDNEY, January 20. /TASS/. Russia’s titled tennis star Maria Sharapova has said weather changes are one of the greatest challenges of the Australian Open tennis championship.

Sharapova cruised into the third round of the first Grand Slam of the season on Wednesday (prize money is record $44 million). In the second round, seeded-five Sharapova beat Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-2, 6-1.

"That's what we have to expect in Melbourne, and that's one of the toughest challenges of this tournament. The weather changes; one day it's over 40 degrees Celcius, another day you need a parka! Overall, I'm just happy that I could get the match in because I know many players are waiting for the rain to stop," Sharapova said, according to the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).

In the next round, Sharapova will face either American Lauren Davis or Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.

According to the official website of the Women Tennis Association (WTA), "Sharapova has now won 46 of her last 47 Grand Slam first round matches - her only loss in the first round of a Grand Slam since 2003 came at the hands of Maria Kirilenko at the 2010 Australian Open."

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