Sharapova marches on

  • Last Updated: January 20 2013, 9:07 GMT

Maria Sharapova continued her blistering form at the Australian Open by brushing aside Kirsten Flipkens to reach the quarter-finals.

Maria Sharapova: Dropped just one game
Maria Sharapova: Dropped just one game

The Russian won 6-1 6-0 in 68 minutes and has now dropped just five games in her four matches in Melbourne.

Belgian Flipkens was simply outclassed as Sharapova eased into a rematch with countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova.

The pair met here at the same stage 12 months ago with Sharapova winning 6-2 6-3.

Sharapova said: "I'm certainly happy to be playing this well but it's the quarter-finals and it only gets tougher from here."

The second seed's progression to her 18th career grand slam quarter-final was never in doubt.

She broke for a 2-1 first-set lead and never looked back, further breaks in games five and seven handing her a one-sided first set.

Her intensity did not drop in the second either, denying Flipkens a game as she followed up her thrashing of Venus Williams with another dominant display.

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