Melbourne: Dominant world number two Maria Sharapova raced into the Australian Open third round Wednesday, handing a tennis lesson to young Japanese Misaki Doi in a one-sided rout.
The Russian, champion in 2008 and runner-up last year, hardly raised a sweat in trouncing the 21-year-old 6-0, 6-0 in just 47 minutes on Hisense Arena.
Second seeded Sharapova is in imposing form and has now won 24 games in a row after also scoring a rare 6-0, 6-0 double bagel against hapless first round opponent Olga Puchkova.
Doi, ranked 97, was always going to struggle and appeared to be overawed by the occasion, having no answers to Sharapova's power and precision shot-making.
There was little the Japanese, in her first Australian Open, could do but learn a lesson as the Russian bagged the first set in just 23 minutes, and it was more of the same in the 24-minute second.
Sharapova now faces the tantalising prospect of a third round clash with seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, who plays in an evening match.
Story first published on: Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:57 IST