MELBOURNE, Australia – Maria Sharapova struck a winner of the forehand – the kind she has hit so many times, with so many key moments over the years – to take control of Caroline Wozniacki's defense at the Australian Open. Sharapova gripped her fists, closed her eyes, rejected her head, and screamed.
She showed she was ready to be a factor for the Grand Slam again. Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Friday and plus two hours to reach the fourth round in Melbourne Park, building the win with the statements, with aggressive moves that gave her 37-10 final winners.  I have not played many matches in the last year, especially against the top players, "said Sharapova. [1
She cut her season in 2018 in September because of problems with the surgically reconstructed right shoulder.
Sharapova is only seventh in Melbourne Park, where he won the 2008 title for one of his five Grand Slam trophies but has not passed through the quarterfinals since 2015.
Sharapova missed the tournament in 2017 during a 15-month suspension of doping caused by a positive doping test in the past year
Wozniacki was the third seed in Australia a year after defeating Simona Halep in the final to win his first big championship.
"I know it will be a tough crowd," Sharapova said.
No. 15-year-old Barty took two years of tennis after opening the US in 2014 and played cricket during that time.
"Her story is phenomenal," Sharapova said. "I know she has made a little rest and has come back and is just reborn."
Against Wozniacki Sharapova hung in the race back and forth. I love you. But Sharapova finally won the tie with a 4-3 lead break, defeating a great forehand she was so excited about.
After standing for 5-3, Sharapova broke again to finish with
"The level is pretty high," Sharapova said. "I knew I was going to meet a hard game." In other matches of other women Friday, 17-year-old American Amanda Anisimova has shown that there are people who consider it a possible future star that creates a spectacular shot after another disappointed Arina Sabanelka from Belarus 6: 3, 6: 2 and reached the fourth round. Serena Williams at the French Open 1998
"This is an unrealistic feeling," Anisimova said in an interview with the court. "I can not believe this is happening right now."
Anisimova's first trip to Australia, and the third appearance of a big tournament, is now progressing to week 2 and a match against Wimbledon's two-time champion Petra Kvitova, who defeated Belinda Bencic with 6: 1, 6-4 on Friday night.
Also Friday, No. 5 Sloan Stevens survived in two heavy encounters to beat No. 31 Petra Martich 7-6, 7-6.
to face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia, who defeated Alaskandra Sasnovich 6-0, 6-3 earlier in the day.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.