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Maria Sharapova eases into quarters

Updated: January 20, 2013, 2:40 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Maria Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 6-0 on Sunday to continue a dominant and unparalleled run to the Australian Open quarterfinals.

The No. 2-ranked Sharapova has conceded only five games en route to the quarterfinals, a record at the season's first major.

"Well I'm certainly happy to be playing this well but ... it only gets tougher from here," said Sharapova, who is playing her first tournament of 2013 after not playing an exhibition match ...

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