Djokovic returns from injury with a bang at the Australian Open

American Ryan Harrison was in favour of a body purely looking out for players’ interests

American Ryan Harrison was in favour of a body purely looking out for players interests

Angelique Kerber crushed Maria Sharapova in straight sets in a battle of former champions at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The five-time Grand Slam champion, banned for 15 months after failing a drugs test at the corresponding event in 2016, overcame the German 6-1, 6-4 on the Margaret Court Arena.

The Australian-born Konta, who won on her fourth match point Tuesday, has had two good years at the Australian Open, losing to the eventual champion each time. "I think we were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points", Martic said.

Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major victor. "If he win tonight, I have one more chance to play with a great player in the world", Chung said.

"I got some blisters and I took painkillers after the second set, because it really made it hard for me to move".

"I was really happy with how aggressive I was".

The heat peaked during Djokovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win.

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Agassi, who reached the 12-time Grand Slam singles victor around one week ago, thinks Djokovic can win his seventh title ever in the DownUnder region, this year. "It was already wrapped (foot), but very quickly I started to feel a blister was coming, and I'd rather prevent it than having the problem after." she said. What happened is that we, players, just wanted to talk about certain topics.

"I just have to accept it, embrace it, obviously hope for a better day next match".

Kerber is fast looking like the favourite for the women's title and played at a very high level throughout the 6-1 6-3 victory, which lasted only 64 minutes.

The Romanian top seed was nearly blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melbourne player in the opening stanza, forced to save two set points at 2-5 and come from 1-3 down to rescue the tie-break.

But defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer was circumspect on Thursday night saying the heat is part and parcel of the Australian Open and believes organisers are doing their best to put player welfare before profits.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova is also in action, against Lucie Safarova, while eighth seed Caroline Garcia meets unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

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