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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharapova Brushes Rodionova Aside

APSharapova playing a forehand during her straight-sets win against Rodionova at the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Thursday.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top seed Maria Sharapova made up for her exhausting opening victory with a 6-0, 6-3 drubbing of fellow Russian Anastasia Rodionova in the Australian Open's second round Thursday.

Sharapova, who was within two points of defeat by Frenchwoman Camille Pin in 50 degree Celsius midday heat Tuesday, looked much more comfortable on a cooler evening and clinched victory in 58 minutes.

The world No. 2 said she felt fully recovered from her grueling three-hour opener that she won 9-7 in the final set.

"I'm definitely recovered from it, I feel good physically," she told a news conference. "I played a little bit better today but still nowhere my top level and I think I can definitely get better as I play more matches here."

Sharapova, who stayed on course for her first Australian Open title and third Grand Slam, still thinks players should be protected more from the problems of playing in extreme heat.

"I think when it gets to a certain point where it's extreme heat, players should probably stop. Even if there is a 20-minute delay, I think that's why the roof's there. Heat is one of the most dangerous things for players."

Sharapova started strongly, picking off her opponent with trademark booming groundstrokes and putting her under constant pressure with her serve.

Rodionova, world No. 100, raised her game in the second set but, struggling with a thigh injury that required treatment, she was powerless to stop Sharapova from beating her for the third time in three meetings.

"Today I felt like I could work on a few things and really see how I was playing," Sharapova said. "I'm glad I got off to a good start and I'm glad I was able to finish the match quickly."

Sharapova, who has reached the Australian Open semifinals in the last two years, will play Italian Tathiana Garbin, the 30th seed, in the third round.

Third seed Nikolai Davydenko overwhelmed Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 to ease into the third round.

Davydenko roared through the first two sets in under an hour as Muller, the world No. 116, wilted in the face of his opponent's relentless accuracy.

Davydenko maintained his form in the third set and Muller handed him victory on his first match point with a double fault.

Davydenko will play Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in the next round.