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Australian Open: Maria Sharapova gets three-set win as heat hits 108
Australian Open: Maria Sharapova gets three-set win as heat hits 108

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maria Sharapova survived the searing heat and an intense challenge from Karin Knapp to advance to the third round of the Australian Open with a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win in 3 hours 28 minutes. The temperature was forecast to spike at 111 Fahrenheit Thursday, on the third straight day of a heat wave. It was already 102 when Sharapova's match started and increased to 108.5, forcing organizers to enact the tournament's extreme heat policy and suspend matches on outside courts. Sharapova wasted three match points on serve at 5-4 in the third set, and then had to save break points and serve to stay in the match before getting the crucial break in the...

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