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Maria Sharapova advances easily

Updated: January 16, 2013, 1:12 PM ET
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova was careful not to show any disrespect to the two women she beat 6-0, 6-0 along the way to a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

As rare as it was, she said, an almost flawless start wasn't entirely what she'd come to Melbourne to achieve.

The No. 2-ranked Sharapova overwhelmed Japan's Misaki Doi in 47 minutes Wednesday, even less time than she'd needed to beat fellow Russian Olga Puchkova two days earlier in her ...

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