Sharapova through to 4th round in Australia

Maria Sharapova advanced to the fourth round of the Australian

Open, beating Julia Goerges of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday.

Sharapova had an erratic day with her serve, hitting seven aces

but mixing that with 11 double-faults. The most important ace came

on match point.

The 2008 Australian Open champion, Sharapova will play the

winner of Friday night’s match between Venus Williams and Andrea

Petkovic in the fourth round.

Sharapova missed the 2009 Australian Open due to injury and was

ousted in the first round last year.