• Sharapova survives scare as Murray cruises


    BRIEFS-sharapovaMaria Sharapova survived a huge scare to advance at the Australian Open on Wednesday by beating courageous compatriot Alexandra Panova 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Murray had a much easier time, cruising into the third round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 drubbing of local hope Marinko Matosevic. Other seeds progressing included men’s seventh seed Tomas Berdych, 24th seed Richard Gasquet and women’s 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova.


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