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Maria Sharapova scorched into the third round of the Australian Open with a second successive 6-0 6-0 victory on Wednesday to bring a welcome bit of pizzazz to the main showcourts on the third day of the tournament.
David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych had earlier failed to fill the charisma chasm left by the absence of the injured Rafa Nadal and while both got through the second round with some ease, most of the drama was on the outer courts.
Agnieszka Radwanska extended her winning streak this year to 11 matches with a 6-3 6-3 win over Irina-Camelia Begu in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, while Zheng Jie wrapped up the day session with a 6-4 1-6 7-5 upset of local hope Sam Stosur.
Anyone looking for real fireworks, though, needed to be out on court eight, where Radwanska's fellow Pole Jerzy Janowicz exploded in a sensational tantrum before battling back brilliantly to beat Somdev Devvarman 6-7 3-6 6-1 6-0 7-5.
The 24th seed was enraged by a line call during a 79-minute first set, roaring his displeasure before hitting the umpire's chair with his racket and throwing his water bottle across court.
"I was really worried about his voice," said Indian Devvarman. "He was really yelling at the top of his lungs and I said, 'Dude, calm down!.'"
American Brian Baker could have been forgiven for letting out a scream of frustration of his own after his tournament ended in a wheelchair when he sustained a serious knee injury.
The 27-year-old, who returned to the professional circuit last year after seven injury-plagued years out, had won the first set against compatriot Sam Querrey when he broke down.
"He said he kind of just felt his knee almost buckle and kind of heard like a pop or a snap," said 20th seed Querrey.