Result: Dominika Cibulkova knocks Maria Sharapova out of Australian Open

Third seed Maria Sharapova crashes out of the 2014 Australian Open after losing to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in three sets.

Third seed Maria Sharapova has crashed out of the 2014 Australian Open after losing to Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Russia's Maria Sharapova on day eight of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2014© Getty Images

The 2008 champion was thoroughly outplayed by the 24-year-old, who prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-1.

After Sharapova had taken the opening set in 39 minutes, Cibulkova raced into a 5-0 lead in the second. However, the 20th seed won just six of the next 22 points, allowing Sharapova to close the gap to one game.

Despite producing her fifth double fault of the day to surrender the first of two set points, Cibulkova was eventually able to stem the tide and level the match at one set all by holding to 30.

Sharapova received an off-court medical timeout, seemingly for a gluteal problem, before the final set and she began the decider poorly, making two double faults en route to losing the opening two games.

She double-faulted twice more in game three, but managed to survive two break points and secure a gritty hold.

Cibulkova was not discouraged, though, and reeled off four consecutive games to seal a place in her first Melbourne quarter-final, where she will play either Jelena Jankovic or Simona Halep.

Sharapova has now lost to Cibulkova in two Grand Slams, having exited the 2009 French Open with a 6-2 6-0 defeat at the hands of the 5'3" star.

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates winning match point against Italy's Karin Knapp in their women's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2014
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