Sharapova, Jankovic progress to fourth round of Oz Open

Melbourne, Jan 18: Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova and Serbian Jelena Jankovic have progressed into the fourth round of the Australian Open tournament on Saturday following their respective third round wins.

2008 Australian Open champion Sharapova survived a tough second set with her early form and resourcefulness and defeated France’s Alize Cornet 6-1 7-6(6) to meet Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, Jankovic defeated Japanese Kurumi Nara 6-4, 7-5 to book a fourth round berth in the tournament.

Reports mentioned that American Sloane Stephens also progressed to the fourth round following her 7-5, 6-4 win over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. (ANI)