Serena Williams, who last faced Sharapova at the 2016 Australian Open, improved to 20-2 in career meetings versus the Russian, who has fallen to 87th in the rankings amid an injury-hit 2019 season that included shoulder surgery in February.
Maria Sharapova returns to action next week at the Mallorca Open grasscourt event as she prepares for Wimbledon, the tournament that launched her to fame 15 years ago when she claimed the title as a teenager.
Maria Sharapova, who was back on the grand-slam stage after returning from a doping ban, was knocked out in the fourth round as she lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to Anastasija Sevastova. The 30-year-old Russian finished with 51 unforced errors, compared to 14 for Sevastova.
Orthodox believers mark Epiphany on January 19 by immersing themselves in icy waters regardless of the weather. Afghan policemen stand guard at the site of a suicide bomb attack in an area near the Russian embassy in Kabul.