Last Slam standing: Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round

By the time Sharapova plays in her next Grand Slam, the French Open, it is likely Williams will be back from her maternity leave and hunting a 24th major title. Sometimes that's all it takes, ' said Sharapova, slightly skimming over such a comprehensive outcome.

In a third-round match against Angelique Kerber that was hyped as being worthy of a final, only one player competed at a championship level. "She's always unsafe, especially at the Grand Slams", Kerber said.

The Kerber-Sharapova match, billed as the showdown of the round, was over quickly.

"As I said, it's nothing major to be concerned about".

"There's a lot to build from. I really do believe that I can; otherwise I wouldn't be here".

For a long while it seemed the Australian Open might lose its top seed as well, as Simona Halep earlier went toe-to-toe with the unheralded, diminutive American Lauren Davis for three hours and 44 minutes. I came out and I was trying to enjoy every point.

Twice in his first three service games Djokovic had to save break points, but after taking a 3-2 lead he never looked back and he reeled off the next three games to take the first set, his backhand and touch at the net showing promising signs.

Halep will play the victor of Saturday's later match between local hope Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka.

Federer entered the Australian Open previous year under similar circumstances, coming off an extended break for a knee injury, and went on to win the title.

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Kerber will face Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei for a place in the quarter-finals.

"I obviously have to be more humble this time with my expectations because I haven't played for six months", said the 14th-seeded Djokovic, who played down the medical time out he took to receive a massage on his back and upper legs as just the tribulations of returning to the tour.

On Saturday, Fognini moved into the second week of the Australian Open after a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Benneteau advanced him to the fourth round.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova also had a tough test, beating fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8/6), 7-5. I mean, that's why I'm kind of forced to be very cautious of what happens day-to-day, be dedicated to my body and training. "Don't know if (winning) is going to happen this year, but so far, so good".

The 30-year-old, a champion in Melbourne in 2008, was beaten in straight sets by the impressive Kerber on Saturday.

Djokovic later played down the extent of the problem, saying "it's okay, nothing major".

Chung showed another sign of his promise by coolly closing out a five-set win over German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, a player many pundits have widely tipped as a future grand slam victor. Chung beat fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 six days after a win over No. 32 Mischa Zverev.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic look destined to collide for the 46th time before they leave Melbourne, where they own a total of 11 titles.

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