Sharapova defeats Bouchard to reach Australian Open semis
Updated: 2015-01-27 15:44
Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in their women's singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 27, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
MELBOURNE - Maria Sharapova beat seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in straight sets on Tuesday and progressed into the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time.
The second seed smashed Bouchard 6-3, 6-2 in one hour, just like their meetings in last year's semifinal game of the French Open.
It took the Russian only one hour to beat Bouchard. The 27-year-old Russian broke four times totally in two sets, which made the rising star Bouchard accept her four straight loss from Sharapova.
"I just tried to keep my ground. I knew she was going to go at it and be aggressive," Sharapova said.
The Russian veteran will face her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova in the semis. She will strive for her sixth Grand Slam title.