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Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki Found New Jobs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in her third round match against Julia Goerges of Germany during day five of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Gregory LanzenbergCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2011

There are days when things don't go the way we expect. Friday was one of those in the Australian Open as Maria Sharapova found a dead spot in the court while Caroline Wozniacki decided to change rules at a press conference. 

2008 Australian Open champion  Maria Sharapova reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park Open by beating Germany's Julia Goerges in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

But what was interesting was the match had to be delayed due to a dead spot on the Russian's side, which means the ball would not bounce.

The match had to be delayed about 20 minutes while officials worked out how to fix a patch inside one service box where the ball barely bounced.

Eventually a drill was used to deflate a rise in that section of the surface and tournament referee Wayne McKewen decreed the court suitable for play.

Sharapova said she first stumbled upon the spot during the coin toss.

"I noticed there was something under my left shoe. I know I have a lot of foam in the heel but I thought they added some padding or something in there,'' she said.

"All of a sudden I looked down and there was a pretty big bubble there.''

Another strange event happened when Caroline Wozniacki beat Dominika Cibulkova, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last 16.

The top seed have heard critics by some reporters, who suggested her press conferences were too boring. As soon as she closed her match, she decided to deal with the facts by her own way.

Instead of waiting for the regulation questions fired at her in the post-match interviews, the world No. 1 decided she would answer them in advance.

"Yesterday I was told my press conferences were kind of boring, that I always gave the same answers," she said.

"I find it quite funny because I always get the same questions. I know what you're going to ask me already, so I'm just going to start with the answers.

"I felt great out there today on the court. I think I played a pretty good match. I am happy I got the revenge since I lost to her in Sydney last week. It was not an easy match. She went out there, she was really on fire.

"I'm happy to be through to the next round. I don't know who I'm playing, so maybe you can ask me that afterwards. But I'm really looking forward to playing my fourth round. It's the second time in a row that that's happened."

Wozniacki went on to talk about politics, cricket, and so on.

Anyone could rush on Youtube to have the audio of this interview, which was quite interesting.

We can make up our own opinion on that, but I think that was one of the most intelligent answers a tennis athlete could give. From now on, other players might want to follow her footstep.

Sharapova and Wozniacki could face each other in the semifinals. Meanwhile, the Russian might want to become a tennis court designer in the near future while the Dane is about to manage the media department for the WTA Tour.

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