Overnight: Serena through in under an hour, Sharapova and Nishikori through to the quarter finals

Serena Williams’ incredible 57 minute victory sent a warning shot to the rest of the tour, while Maria Sharapova and Kei Nishikori got through their games unscathed to get to the final week of the Australian Open.

Sharapova’s aggressive style too much for Bencic
Maria Sharapova bt. Belinda Bencic 7-5 7-5 – Deja vu for Maria Sharapova. After forcing her way past Lauren Davis of the United States on Friday with her booming court work, she took it up to the Swiss wonder teen Belinda Bencic with some of the most frightening serving of the tournament so far. Sharapova’s thunderbolts saw her net a whopping 21 aces for the match and made the 18 year old work just to get in a return. Bencic tried hard throughout both sets and did well to counter the force of the Russian at times, but the world number five is now through to a heavyweight knockout bout with Serena Williams in the quarters.

Nishikori bundles out Tsonga
Kei Nishikori 6-4 6-2 6-4 bt. Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 6-4 6-2 6-4 – Jo Wilfried Tsonga was forced to chase the game due to his own lack of concentration in the first set and he kept paying for it as the match went. Nishikori’s confident array of shots were too much for the Frenchman, forcing him all over the court and into uncomfortable positions. The world number seven is now through the quarter final and is becoming a crowd favourite at Melbourne Park, due to his enthralling ability to force opponents into making mistakes and capitalising on their errors.

Ruthless result from Serena Williams
Serena Williams bt. Magarita Gasparyan 6-2 6-1 – 57 minutes is all it took for the 22 time Grand Slam winner. Gasparyan laboured just to get a point in, whereas Williams barely worked up a sweat to force her opponent into submission. Three straight sets victories on the trot against some of the tour outsiders shows not only how impressive an athlete Williams is, but how she’s saving her best efforts in this tournament for last.

FULL RESULTS
Men’s singles
7- Kei Nishikori (Japan) 6-4 6-2 6-4 bt. 10- Jo Wilfried-Tsonga (France) 6-4 6-2 6-4
Women’s singles
5- Maria Sharapova (Russia) bt. 13- Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 7-5 7-5
1- Serena Williams (United States) bt. Magarita Gasparyan (Russia) 6-2 6-1

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