Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova just set up a blockbuster third-round meeting at the Australian Open.

Both women defeated their Swedish opposition at Melbourne Park on Wednesday, with the defending champion beating Johanna Larsson 6-1 6-3 before Sharapova won vs. Rebecca Peterson 6-2 6-1. After her 6-0 6-0 rout of Harriet Dart in round one, the Russian has dropped the fewest games in the tournament.

The pair have met on 10 occasions before, although not since 2015, with Wozniacki leading 6-4. Said Sharapova said: “I think her results, specifically in the past year, speak for her game, how she’s been able to raise her level. I think the grand slam was the one trophy she was looking for. With determination she got there last year. She loves playing here, loves everything about this tournament. I certainly have a tough match ahead of me.”

The women will play on Friday. 

Rampaging Sharapova sets up mouth-watering Wozniacki clash


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