Former champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller at the Australian Open on Friday.Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.The Russian was not to be denied, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.”(feels good?) It really is. I thought the level was quite high, I knew it was going to be tough. She loves this arena, I haven’t played many matches prior to this but this is what you train for and it’s really rewarding.”I am definitely not walking around thinking that I have experience because that will be dangerous but definitely experience helps.”(About next opponent Ashleigh Barty) I think her story is phenomenal, she loves playing here. She did really well in Sydney really well and she loves it here. She took a break and came back and is doing incredibly well. I know the crowd is going to be tough but I look forward to playing,” Sharapova said after the match.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set up a fourth round clash with local hope Ashleigh Barty, who eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1.advertisementMeanwhile in other matches, young American Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2, hitting her way into the fourth round.The fearless 17-year-old bullied her much higher ranked opponent who looked shell-shocked by the power being generated at the other end of the court.It was Anisimova’s third consecutive straight sets win, which included a 6-0 6-2 destruction of 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko, signalling the arrival of a genuine new talent in the women’s game.Anisimova, the youngest competitor in the draw, will play the winner of Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.
England U21 England beat Mexico to continue youth success with third Toulon title in a row Ben Spratt 03:11 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images England U21 World Youth Festival Toulon Mexico U21 v England U21 Mexico U21 The Three Lions have tasted yet more glory at youth level after Aidy Boothroyd’s Under-21s defeated Mexico to retain the Toulon Tournament title England Under-21s have won the Toulon Tournament for a third consecutive year, beating Mexico 2-1 in the final to continue the country’s glorious stretch at youth level.The Three Lions have become accustomed to picking up youth titles in recent years, with the Toulon Tournament among those at which England sides have regularly thrived.201620172018For the third successive year, we are the @TournoiToulon champions! pic.twitter.com/bgznMBK4xA— England (@England) June 9, 2018And it is no different this year after Aidy Boothroyd’s men came from behind to defeat Mexico with goals from Dael Fry and Kieran Dowell in France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Mexico had led early through Roberto Alvarado, but Fry and Dowell – both Under-20 World Cup winners last year – netted before half-time and England held on for the remainder of the match.The sides had played out a goalless draw in the group stage, before England beat Scotland in the semi-finals as Mexico defeated Turkey. As well as success at under-20 and under-21 level, England won last year’s Under-17 World Cup and Under-19 European Championships.