Australian Open 2015: Sharapova upbeat after downing Bouchard

Maria Sharapova overcomes Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semi-finals

Maria Sharapova expressed her delight with her performance after the Russian beat seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to reach the Australian Open semi-finals.

Sharapova won 6-3 6-2 in one hour and 18 minutes at Melbourne Park and will now meet fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova in the last four.

“I thought I had a really good start,” said Sharapova, 27. “I kept my focus throughout the whole match.

“I didn’t feel that I had too many let-downs, which is important.

“When I did have a few slips I was able to come out with great first serves or really powerful returns.”

Canadian Bouchard, who has not beaten Sharapova in four attempts and made 30 unforced errors on Tuesday, added: “I felt under pressure the whole time, a bit on my back foot.

“That’s not how I want to play. I feel like I didn’t start well, and it kind of all went downhill from there.”

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