SYDNEY, January 24. /TASS/. Russia’s titled tennis star and former World’s No. 1 Maria Sharapova has advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals, the first Grand Slam of the season, with the prize money of $44 million.
The fifth-seeded Sharapova beat 12th seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 7-5, 7-5. Sharapova sent down 21 aces during the match, what is the best result in her career.
In the next round, Sharapova will face the winner of the match between world number one Serena Williams of the United States and Margarita Gasparyan of Russia.