Melbourne — Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova’s scintillating return to form continued on Wednesday as she powered into the Australian Open third round to set up a mouth-watering clash with defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. Sharapova, who is seeded 30th at the tennis tournament and seeking to recapture former glories after coming back from a drugs ban in 2017, brushed Swede Rebecca Peterson aside 6-2 6-1. The 31-year-old has only conceded three games en route to round three at Melbourne Park, where she won the title in 2008 and has reached the final a further three times. “I’m really happy the way I performed today and obviously it’s always great to be back on this court,” she said. “Overall, I thought I played a really solid match.” The pair emerged on Rod Laver Arena late in the night due to a long-running men’s match, meaning only a smattering of fans were there to cheer on the former world No 1. While Sharapova served a 6-0, 6-0 “double bagel” to her first-round...

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