Sharapova sizzling in Oz -- for now

Updated: January 21, 2012, 1:57 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- If it wasn't for her grunting, you'd never know Maria Sharapova was in Melbourne.

She hasn't spent much time on site, and that's a good thing for her. Through three rounds, the U.S.-based Russian has conceded a mere five games.

Now that's efficient.

Her punishing groundstrokes tore through the dangerous Gisela Dulko and young American Jamie Hampton before she took care of Angelique Kerber on Saturday. Kerber, the U.S. Open semifinalist and a step ...

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