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Maria Sharapova avoids meltdown

Aussie Open's No. 3 seed escapes upset in excessive heat

Updated: January 16, 2014, 4:59 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- From her vantage point, which was flat on her back in a woozy haze following a full-body ice bath in the women's locker room, Varvara Lepchenko watched on television as No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova prevailed in the 18th game of the third set of her second-round match at the Australian Open, 3 hours and 28 minutes after it began.

Neither Sharapova, her opponent Karin Knapp nor Lepchenko, who lost to Simona Halep an hour earlier, benefited from the tournament's ...

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