Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the second of today's women's fourth round clashes. This one sees second seed Maria Sharapova take on Peng Shuai, seeded 21st.

S. Peng vs M. Sharapova | Australian Open
Women's Singles | Round 4 | 25.01.2015 | Melbourne
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S. Peng (21)
S. Peng (21)

M. Sharapova (2)
M. Sharapova (2)
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Updated 25/01/2015 at 03:57 GMT
Hugely impressive tennis from Sharapova today against a very tricky opponent. She will face Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday in what promises to be a very intriguing last eight clash. Assuming today's shaky performance from Bouchard was just a blip and that the Canadian can re-gain the kind of form she displayed in the first week of the tournament, that one promises to be a cracking match-up.
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Sharapova 6-3 6-0 Peng. Game, set and match. A perfectly placed ace down the centre of the court from Sharapova brings up two match points to book her place in the quarter-finals. It only takes the one though as the very impressive performance from Sharapova is capped with another big serve and an inside out forehand winner across court.
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Sharapova 6-3 5-0 Peng. Break. Peng quickly finds herself staring at more break points. She saves the first with a big serve that Sharapova can only return into the net while the second goes begging for the Russian when she goes long with a backhand return. A third is also saved with Peng, with an aggressive second serve, a series of booming cross court ground-strokes and a smash winner. But she sends a backhand long down the line on the third and Sharapova has the triple break that leaves her serving for the match after the change of ends.
Sharapova 6-3 4-0 Peng. If the match continues along this progress, the scoreline will be an unaffair reflection of Peng's challenge to Sharapova today. The 21st seed has not played poorly at all but Sharapova has risen to the challenge and cements the double break with an ace. A big service game coming up for Peng now if she is to avoid the ignominy of a bagel second set.
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Sharapova 6-3 3-0 Peng. Break. Two huge returns from Sharapova, an angled forehand winner across court and an aggressive cross court backhand that Peng can only put back into the net, are followed by an outstanding, delicately angled backhand drop shot winner off a decent drop shot from Peng to bring up another break point. And Sharapova does extend her lead with another huge forehand return, right into the corner, Peng only able to fling the ball back well, well long of the baseline.
Sharapova 6-3 2-0 Peng. Great defence from Sharapova, popping Peng's return back with a slice before leanng into the backhand passing shot across court that she threads through for a winner. The Russian is then forced to play a half volley off the baseline on the next point after another aggressive return from Peng, before doing enough with another cross court backhand passing shot attempt that Peng cannot get the ball back in play even though this one is not an outright winner. Sharapova mixes it up with a forehand winner to bring up a game point before going back to the cross court backhand winner to secure the game and consolidate the early break in this second set.
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Sharapova 6-3 1-0 Peng. Break. Peng finds a second serve just when she needs one, following it up with a backhand winner down the line to earn herself a game point from 30-all. She can't take advantage of it, struggling to deal with the aggression of Sharapova's return. Nor can she wrap up the game at the second attempt, the Russian standing up tall and rattling a backhand return down the line for a winner. The Chinese player is forced to save a couple of break points, one with a second serve ace and one with an agressive forehand that Sharapova can only send back wide but the Russian earns herself a third chance and this time the serve really costs Peng as she slaps down a double fault. Too manay first serves missed in that game for Peng and she's paid the price.
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Sharapova 6-3 Peng. Set. Sharapova serves out the set to love, Peng sending her second serve forehand return long down the centre of the court. Since being broking in the seventh game, the Russian has been totally dominant, barely letting Peng get a racquet to the ball. And that, right there, is why Sharapova is so hard to beat!
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Sharapova 5-3 Peng. Break. Sharapova finds some incredible angles to race out to a 0-40 lead, with a backhand winner and forehand winner sandwiching a Peng error. Three more break points for the Russian. The first goes begging when she sends a forehand just long down the centre of the court but she does get the break at the second with another aggressive forehand that Peng can only net in reply. Sharapova will serve for the opening set now.
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Sharapova 4-3 Peng. Break. Peng has obviously come out with the plan to target Sharapova's forehand and it works a treat at 15-30 as she draws the forehand into the net to earn herself two break back points. As if to prove a point, though, Sharapova pretty much only plays forehands to save it, going back behind Peng with a forehand drive volley winner to deny the 21st seed the break. The second chance also goes begging with a little squeal for Peng as she steps inside the baseline to play a second serve return only to send the ball sailing long. Sharapova saves a third with a sensational backhand drop shot that basically stays where it is after the bounce it has that much backspin on it. A fourth Sharapova saves with bludgeoning inside out forehand after inside out forehand across court until she finds the winner. But in the end it is a double fault that costs her, Peng breaking back at the fifth attempt to get things back on serve.
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Sharapova 4-2 Peng. Break. Two absolutely brutal returns from Sharapova, one off the forehand and the next off the backhand, both across court, and the Russian has two break points. The first goes begging after a great rally from both players, Sharapova with a deft pick-up and angled forehand across court. But Peng manages to chase it down and just flicks it back across court on an acute angle for the perfect drop shot winner. Sharapova breaks at the second attempt though with a forehand right on to the baseline that Peng can only net in reply.
Sharapova 3-2 Peng. A forehand winner and three big serves from Sharapova sees her seal a love service game, Peng's backhand winner going long to end the game. A tougher opponent for Sharapova today but the Russian has picked up right where she left off against Zarina Diyas two days ago.
Sharapova 2-2 Peng. Peng plays double-handed off both wings and earns herself two game points with a big backhand down the line followed by a booming forehand down the opposite line. That power costs her on the next point though as Sharapova's ball catches the tape on the way through and sits up a little short, leaving Peng to step up the court. She doesn't adjust for the net cord though and her resulting forehand goes long. But the 21st seed still has another game point and she takes full advantage of it with an ace out wide.
Sharapova 2-1 Peng. Sharapova opens the game with a double fault but ends with a clenched fist and a shout of "come on" after a big serve out wide cannot be returned in play by Peng, who lunges out wide but can only frame the ball away from the court.
Sharapova 1-1 Peng. Wow. A super confident love service hold from Peng to send a message to Sharapova early on. The 5'10" player even comes up with a service winner that goes past the huge reach of Sharapova on her way to wrapping up the game with another big serve that the Russian can only slice long off the backhand wing.
Sharapova 1-0 Peng. Just huge hitting from Sharapova in the opening game as she posts a solid opening hold to 15. A winner off either side from the baseline, a backhand passing shot winner down the line off the drop shot from Peng and a big forehand that the Chinese 21st seed can only net.
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Here we go then. The players are ready to get underway. It will be Sharapova to begin after the Russian won the spin of the coin and elected to serve first.
These players already know who they will face should they emerge victorious from this clash. It was not exactly convincing from seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard but the Canadian is through with a 6-1 5-7 6-2 win over Irina-Camelia Begu just a few moments ago.
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These two players have faced each other five times before with Sharapova leading the head-to-heads by winning four of those clashes, including the last three. Peng's only victory over the Russian came back in 2009 on the hard courts at home in Beijing.