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TEMPTING! Sharapova-Bouchard showdown at Australian Open

January 25, 2015 10:29 IST
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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand in her fourth round match against Shuai Peng of China. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Maria Sharapova set up an enticing quarter-final showdown with Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open following a comfortable 6-3, 6-0 fourth round victory over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.

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The second seed broke Peng twice in the first set, though she had some trouble on serve with the Chinese holding four break points, and winning one, in a marathon seventh game.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova of Russia in action. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Sharapova, however, wasted little time in finishing off Peng, breaking in the first game of the second set and using that as a springboard to romp to a 75-minute victory.

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada plays a backhand. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The Russian will now face Bouchard, who had earlier beaten Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu in three sets, in a tantalising clash with the up-and-coming Canadian just one of several 20-year-olds challenging the established order of women's tennis.

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