Sharapova crushes Venus to reach fourth round

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06:11 PM January 18th, 2013

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January 18th, 2013 06:11 PM

Maria Sharapova AP Photo

MELBOURNE – Second seed Maria Sharapova sent Venus Williams crashing out of the Australian Open Friday in a crushing straight sets defeat in the third round.

The Russian, who was champion at Melbourne Park in 2008, was in rampant form, winning 6-1, 6-3 in 79 minutes on Rod Laver Arena against the vastly experienced American.

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