Open shock: Maria Sharapova eliminates defending champion

Maria Sharapova in action during her match against Caroline Wozniacki. Credit:Eddie Jim

The first major upset of this year's Australian Open has taken place after former champion Maria Sharapova shocked defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in three sets on centre court.

In a hard-fought clash, the Russian needed a second set point to close out the victory 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours, 24 minutes.

Sharapova, seeded 30th, was delighted to reach the fourth round and a booking with Australia's Ash Barty.

"I thought the level was quite high. I knew I was going to get a tough match," Sharapova said of the win.

"It's no secret she loves this arena …. these are the types of matches I train for."

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