Result: Maria Sharapova continues ruthless streak

Russia's Maria Sharapova hits a forehand return in her fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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Maria Sharapova is utterly dominant in booking her place in the last eight of the Australian Open at the expense of Kirsten Flipkens.

Maria Sharapova has triumphed 6-1 6-0 over Kirsten Flipkens to set up a repeat of last year's Australian Open quarter-final against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.

The Russian has now lost just five games en route to the last eight in Melbourne.

She established her superiority early on, taking her chance in the third game with a ripping forehand after Flipkens had double-faulted to set up two break points.

A marathon game then ensued on Sharapova's serve lasting 12 minutes, but the 25-year-old managed to hang onto her serve.

There was no stopping her from then on in, as she blasted her way into the lead.

Flipkens was powerless to prevent Sharapova from serving up yet another bagel - her fifth of the tournament - in the second set.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates winning the first set against Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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