Australian Open Day Three: Venus Williams Books Date With Maria Sharapova

Plus all the other big headlines from day three.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Following Venus Williams’ comeback is something special.

Roughly a year after suffering from the autoimmune disease Sjögren's syndrome, Venus is aggressively fighting to reclaim her spot amongst tennis’ elite.

Williams defeated Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to book a date with Maria Sharapova in the third round.

The 7-time Grand Slam champion came into the tournament as just the 25th seed, but is well on track to re-join her sister at the high end of the top 10. She claimed her first title in two and a half years in Luxembourg last October and was again very strong against the unseeded Cornet.

Unfortunately for Williams, Sharapova has been flawless through two rounds at the Aussie Open and has yet to drop a single game in either of her two meetings.

Sharapova leads the head-to-head 4-3, but Williams has a very good record 2-0 against the world No.2 at grand slam tournaments.

Australian hopeful Sam Stosur again failed to meet expectations on home soil, bowing out 6-4 1-6 7-5 in the second round against Chinese world No.40 Zheng Jie.

We should have known better. Aussie fans love to cheer to for Stosur, this was her 12th Australian Open campaign, but she’d experienced defeated at the hands of Jie the week before at the Sydney International and Stosur's track record in Australia is nothing short of terrible.

Two other women’s seeded stars, world No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and world No.5 Angelique Kerber, both notched round-two wins.

The Polish Radwanska beat Romanian Irena-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-3 to take her 2013 win-loss tally up to 11 straight while Kerber had an easy time against Czech Lucie Hradecka, winning 6-3 6-1 against the world No.51.

Aussie rising gun Bernard Tomic is resorting to YouTube in order to best evaluate his round two opponent Daniel Brands 6-3 6-1.

The little known German upset Slovakian 27th seed Martin Klizan in their opener and the Tomic team don’t have a lot of background information the 20-year-old's next opponent. They know however, taking it lightly is a big mistake- if Tomic is to reach Roger Federer in much hyped third round showdown, defeating Brands is, of course, a must.

"I'll just see it on the internet maybe and watch over the next few days," Tomic said.

"You just don't know how the guy plays. You've got to know where he serves and where his weaknesses are. With this guy, I don't know.

"So I have got to look in the next day or so and give myself the best chance of playing him.

"Obviously my dad and my team will also look at his stats and where he plays and how he's played.

"I think he played well one year at Wimbledon when he made the fourth round. That's all I know.

"I have never played or hit with him, so I will definitely study up on how to play him."

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