After cruising by Eugenie Bouchard to set up a meeting with Ekaterina Makarova in the final four, Maria Sharapova said she's proud to represent Russia. There's just one problem with that. And it goes back two decades.
Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova put the brakes on Eugenie Bouchard's quest for a first major title, beating the young Canadian 6-3, 6-2 Tuesday to advance to the Australian Open semifinals.
Jim Caple spent Australia Day watching three American women win their Australian Open matches, wandering the grounds at Melbourne Park and, of course, listening to a little "Down Under" by Men at Work.
Not only is the 34-year-old American back in contention at a major, but after beating Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round, a resurgent Venus Williams will take on Madison Keys, the protege of her old rival Lindsay Davenport.
Madison Keys upset two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova after Madison Brengle knocked out Coco Vandeweghe on Saturday. And that means there are four Americans in the final 16 at the Australian Open.