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Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova to reach Australian Open quarterfinals

Published 1000 GMT (1800 HKT) January 26, 2016
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Serena Williams extended her winning streak over Maria Sharapova to a staggering 18 matches following her 6-4 6-1 victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
The Russian started the match brightly, breaking her American opponent and taking a 2-0 lead in the first set. However, Williams rallied to break back and eventually take the first set. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
The world No. 1 was forced to see the tournament doctor twice and was given a fruit bar. Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou told reporters she felt dizzy and Williams herself admittied she had suffered food poisoning just days earlier. Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
"It's obviously always frustrating," Sharapova told reporters of her losing streak against Williams. "I mean, it's motivating. It's motivating because she's at a different level. That's inspiring." SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
"Something about her game," Williams said when asked about her success against Sharapova. "I like the way she hits the ball. When I play better, when I'm forced to play better, I don't know, I do well." SAEED KHAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images