Sharapova through to quarter-finals

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Sharapova through to quarter-finals

Former champion Maria Sharapova has edged Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals for the eighth time.

The fifth seed blasted 21 aces to oust the 18-year-old 12th seed 7-5 7-5 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

Sharapova will either face Serena Williams, who beat her in last year’s final, or fellow Russian Margarita Gasparyan in the quarter-finals.

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