Day 6 Snapshot from the Australian Open

Karolina Pliskova proved too strong for Lucie Safarova on Saturday. Lukas Coch  EPA

French eighth seed Caroline Garcia came through in three sets 6-3 5-7 6-2 against Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich. They are both ultra fast around the court and equally tenacious.

Maria Sharapova was sent crashing out of the Australian Open in a crushing defeat by Angelique Kerber Saturday as Simona Halep survived a titanic struggle to make the last 16. Both players' vulnerable second serves were being brutally punished by each other, and the scoreline started getting tense with Davis facing four break points at 8-8.

While consistently haunting the women's top five, a grand slam title has proven elusive for Halep, fanning doubts about her big match temperament.

Federer next plays Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who beat Nicolas Kicker in straight sets earlier Saturday.

Hyeon will take on former champion Novak Djokovic, who added an apparent muscle strain in his lower back to concerns about his problem elbow but still overpowered Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round. She had three match balls. He lost both five-setters he played a year ago at the majors to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon and to Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open.

Keys missed last year's Australian Open after undergoing surgery to fix her injured left wrist.

With the temperatures a manageable 26 deg C at Melbourne Park after two days of oven-like conditions, the Romanian looked out for the count against American Lauren Davis.

She saved one match point in the ninth game on her serve before Hsieh served out the match in the next, clinching it with a winning backhand to the corner.

Sharapova said Kerber was the more aggressive on court, and took more risks.

In the second set, Sharapova was broken while serving for the match, sending it to the tiebreaker which she dominated.

Davis failed to keep up her momentum after grabbing the first set, as her baseline game crumbled at the sight of the finishing line.

In the first round, Chung played Alexander's older brother Mischa. While Kerber is the 21st seed this year, Sharapova enters the tournament unseeded.

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And Halep, already nursing an ankle injury after her first-round victory against Australian qualifier Destanee Aiava, was keen to bypass tennis talk. The standing ovation inside Rod Laver Arena was long and loud.

In the next round, Halep will face either Naomi Osaka or Ashleigh Barty.

It took Fabio Fognini almost eight years, but he's finally avenged a fourth-round loss to Julien Benneteau at Wimbledon.

Djokovic beat the Frenchman for the 15th consecutive time - 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in temperatures that reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Fognini will next play the victor of a later match Saturday between Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro.

Among men going through was Austrian fifth seed Thiem, who beat France's Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.

"I've never played a third set that long before".

The Romanian saved three match points at 11-10 in deciding set of the classic, overcoming Davis after the unseeded American lost a toenail in the marathon third set.

Halep will play the victor of Saturday's later match between Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka. Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had 11 aces and beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5 in a match featuring just one service break.

The 2016 Australian Open victor routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3, meaning Kerber will be the only Grand Slam champion in the fourth round of the women's draw.

Keys will next play the victor of Saturday's later match between Aliaksandra Sasnovich and eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

The match equaled the longest women's match ever in terms of games at the Australian Open with 48.

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