Sharapova joins Bouchard in Australian Open quarterfinals

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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Second-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia will meet seventh-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after both won fourth-round matches today.

Sharapova, 27, advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against No. 21 Peng Shuai. Bouchard, a semifinalist last year, defeated Irina-Camelia Begu. Bouchard, 20, ousted the 42nd-ranked Romanian 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the season's first Grand Slam tennis tournament. Third-seeded Simona Halep of Romania has a match tonight against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer. Rafael Nadal of Spain, the men's third seed, plays later this afternoon in Melbourne against No. 14 Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Tonight, sixth-seeded Briton Andy Murray faces No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Kazinform refers to Bloomberg.com.

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