Serena Williams cruises to win, faces Maria Sharapova in quarterfinals

MELBOURNE, Australia – Faced with another on-the-rise opponent on Sunday at the Australian Open, Serena Williams made it clear: She’s still the No. 1 player in the world – by far.

Williams drubbed up-and-coming Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2, 6-1 in less than an hour on Sunday inside Rod Laver Arena, setting up a quarterfinal showdown with rival Maria Sharapova, to be played on Tuesday.

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