Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova were at their very best on Day 3 at the 2013 Australian Open, each winning their second-round match in impressive fashion, winning in straight sets to advance to the third round Down Under.
But not every top seed was so lucky.
Despite playing in her home Slam, Australian Samantha Stosur went down in three sets on Day 3, coming up short against Jie Zheng in a match that lasted over two-and-a-half hours. Stosur's loss, though not shocking, was without a doubt the biggest upset from Wednesday's second-round singles action.
With the second round halfway in the books, it's time to recap Day 3 from the 2013 Aussie Open.
Maria Sharapova is looking more and more like the player to beat at this year's Australian Open. The women's No. 2 seed obliterated her opponent in the second round on Day 3, defeating Misaki Doi in straight sets, another 6-0, 6-0 win for the Russian.
The match lasted less than 50 minutes and was completely dominated by Sharapova, who committed just nine unforced errors and won 75 percent of her receiving points.
Through two matches in Melbourne, Sharapova has yet to drop a single game, let alone a set. Next up, she'll take on No. 25-seeded Venus Williams in the third round, a match that promises to be much less one-sided.
Novak Djokovic has now won 16 straight singles matches at the Australian Open dating back to 2011. The two-time defending champion made short work of American Ryan Harrison in the second round on Day 3, coming away with a straight-sets victory, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.
The men's No. 1 seed kept his unforced errors to a minimum, committing just 16, and connected on 37 winners to dispose of Harrison in roughly 90 minutes, burying him in the first set with a 20-minute-long clinic.
Once again, Nole was superb at the net, cashing in on 18 of his 27 net-point chances. Tennis fans should be keeping a close eye on Djokovic's net play as he makes his way into the later rounds. If he can continue to shorten points, he's almost a lock to win it all.
Next, Djokovic will take on Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the third round.
Stosur Goes Down
Australian Samantha Stosur just can't seem to figure out the hard courts Down Under. The No. 9 seed in the women's draw fell in the second round on Day 3, losing to unseeded Jie Zheng in three sets.
Stosur dropped the first set 4-6, committing 25 unforced errors in the process. She would fight back in the second set though, smashing 11 winners to take the set 6-1. The third frame went back and forth and lasted well over an hour, but again, it was Stosur committing slightly more unforced errors than Zheng and failing to capitalize on break-point chances. She lost the final set 5-7.
The 28-year-old Stosur has never been past the fourth round at the Aussie Open, and she has fallen short of the third round for the second straight year at Melbourne Park.
Men's Second Round Scores: Day 3
Novak Djokovic (1) defeated Ryan Harrison; 6-1, 6-2, 6-3
David Ferrer (4) defeated Tim Smyczek; 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Tomas Berdych (5) defeated Guillaume Rufin; 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
Janko Tipsarevic (8) defeated Lukas Lacko; 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-5
Nicolas Almagro (10) defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
Stanislas Wawrinka (15) defeated Tobias Kamke; 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), retired
Kei Nishikori (16) defeated Carlos Berlocq; 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1
Sam Querrey (20) defeated Brian Baker; 6-7 (2-7), 1-1, retired
Fernando Verdasco (22) defeated Xavier Malisse; 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
Evgeny Donskoy defeated Mikhail Youzhny (23); 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Jerzy Janowicz (24) defeated Somdev Devvarman; 6-7 (10-12), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5
Jurgen Melzer (26) defeated Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-2
Marcos Baghdatis (28) defeated Tatsuma Ito; 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Radek Stepanek (31) defeated Feliciano Lopez; 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
Julien Benneteau (32) defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin; 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5)
Kevin Anderson defeated Andrey Kuznetsov; 6-1, 7-5, 6-4
Women's Second Round Scores: Day 3
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Misaki Doi; 6-0, 6-0
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) defeated Irina-Camelia Begu; 6-3, 6-3
Angelique Kerber (5) defeated Lucie Hradecka; 6-3, 6-1
Li Na (6) defeated Olga Govortsova; 6-2, 7-5
Jie Zheng defeated Samantha Stosur (9); 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Marion Bartoli (11) defeated Vesna Dolonc; 7-5, 6-0
Ana Ivanovic (13) defeated Yung-Jan Chan; 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
Valeria Savinykh defeated Dominika Cilbulkova (15); 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Julia Goerges (18) defeated Romina Oprandi; 6-3, 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (19) defeated Stephanie Foretz Gacon; 6-3, 6-3
Jelena Jankovic (22) defeated Maria Joao Koehler; 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens defeated Klara Zakopalova (23); 6-1, 6-0
Venus Williams (25) defeated Alize Cornet; 6-3, 6-3
Sorana Cirstea (27) defeated Kristyna Pliskova; 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Madison Keys defeated Tamira Paszek (30); 6-2, 6-1
Heather Watson defeated Ksenia Pervak; 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2
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