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Maria Sharapova advances

Updated: January 18, 2013, 11:03 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova defeated Venus Williams 6-1, 6-3 in a lopsided matchup between Grand Slam champions on Friday night to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sharapova and Williams have 11 majors combined -- four for the Russian, and seven for Williams.

The 32-year-old Williams broke Sharapova as the Russian was serving for the victory at 6-1, 5-1 to keep the match alive. But Sharapova was able to close it out on her next service game.

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