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Live tennis commentary: 2013 Australian Open - day three

Time to wrap up the day three blog from Melbourne Park. Plenty of matches still underway to remember to check back in for the latest news and results. Wednesday's action, however, will be remembered for the oh-so-dramatic early departure of Sam Stosur from the tournament. There's plenty of other news around, too, including injury concerns for Serena Williams and top seeds David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych winning through to the third round. We'll be back tomorrow with Will Brodie in the host's chair as the second round matches are wrapped up.

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Maria Sharapova getting the job done! Two 'double bagel' results to start her Australian Open campaign. The world No.2 is living up to her ranking with a second round 6-0 6-0 victory over the hapless Japanese Misaki Doi on Hisense Arena. Those fans who went for supplies before her match may have missed it completely, Sharapova needing just 47 minutes on court.

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STOSUR GONE! A double fault on her first match point down sees Sam Stosur depart her home slam early. AGAIN China's Zheng Jie wins the second round match 4-6 6-1 5-7 in a dramatic clash. Just a horror result for the 2011 US Open champion. She slumped when the all-important first set was on the line and was in a winnable position in the deciding set, leading 5-2, before she collapsed. Don't want to use that other 'c' word. READ MORE.

Another early exit ... Sam Stosur departs her home slam in the second round.
Another early exit ... Sam Stosur departs her home slam in the second round. Photo: Pat Scala

Zheng holds serve and it's 6-5 to the Chinese player. Sam Stosur heads to the chair at the change of ends. What must be going through her mind now? This match has had significant changes of momentum and the top-ranked Australian finally looked home and hosed only a few games ago. Funny game tennis ....

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BREAK OF SERVE! Final set in Stosur-Zheng clash back on level terms at 5-5. The Australian has now dropped her serve twice in three games and momentum swings back to her Chinese opponent. Interestingly, Stosur opts to remove her sunglasses at the end of the game and seemingly complaining about not seeing properly as she moved in and out of the shadows creeping over Rod Laver Arena.

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Sam Stosur leads 5-4 in the deciding set. A pulsating game as Zheng Jie manages to hold serve and stay in the contest. Already this set has exceeded 50 minutes and patrons on centre court are getting value for their buck.

HICCUP. Stosur falls short of closing out the match by losing her service game and gives up the double break. China's Zheng Jie will now serve in an attempt to stay alive. What did I say about twists and turns ......?

BREAK OF SERVE! Stosur closing in on victory. The Australian will now serve for the match against China's Zheng Jie. It's 5-2 to Stosur's favour with the Australian looking - and playing - with renewed confidence.

Sam Stosur sizzling now. The Australian holds serve impressively and keeps her final set advantage, leading 4-2 before an appreciative crowd on Rod Laver Arena. Can't see the No.9 seed losing this match from here but there have been some twists and turns in this game already ....

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Zheng fights off two break points at 1-3, then forces Stosur way off court with a sliced forehand to set up a crucial game point. Stosur hits an off-forehand wide and the Chinese woman stays alive, still a break down, but still in the match at 2-3 in the third set. Given how hard it has been for players to hold serve, this one is still up for grabs.

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Sam Stosur goes ahead 3-1 in the final set after a crucial service game against China's Zheng Jie. Neither player had been able to hold serve yet in the deciding set and the Australian saved several break points. The under-pressure great local hope was even 0-40 down. Her confidence has returned and losing the opening set now seems a distant memory.

Small slip-up ... Marcos Baghdatis falls over during his second round match.
Small slip-up ... Marcos Baghdatis falls over during his second round match. Photo: Getty Images

2006 Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis wins his second round clash. The Cypriot recovered from losing the first set to prevail against Japan's Ito Tatsuma, 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.

A dramatic match this one. Sam Stosur and Zheng Jie are locked at 1-1 in the deciding set after two breaks of serve. Momentum had been all with the Australian but her Chinese opponent, a semi-finalist here two years ago, could yet fight back strongly in this second round match.

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In what seemed only a matter of minutes, Sam Stosur bounces back and takes the second set 6-1 against China's Zheng Jie. It's now one set all but all the momentum is with the Australian. Such an important match this one for Stosur considering her lamentable grand slam record when losing the opening set. A solid victory here would set her up nicely for the remainder of the tournament.

AAP reports: There is increasing doubt over the fitness of tournament favourite Serena Williams after she cancelled a scheduled training session on Wednesday. Williams, the third seed, rolled her ankle during her first round win over Romanian Edina Gallovits-Hall. She was forced to take an injury time-out and had the right ankle heavily taped but went on to complete a 6-0 6-0 win. READ MORE

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Here's the comeback. Stosur's breaks Zheng's serve and moves to a 3-1 lead in the second set. The sigh of relief from the patrons on centre court is apparent. And you can already see the pressure lifting from the Australian player's shoulders.

Stosur struggles to hold serve in the first game of the second set. But, crucially, she did. Who knows what could have happened had the Australian gone down a break after the horrors of the first set.

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Here we go. Big drama on Rod Laver Arena. Sam Stosur loses the first set against China's Zheng Jie. And what a way to let it slip. Her opponent needed eight (yes, that's right - 8!) set points before she could close it out 6-4. The final point was forgettable too, Stosur sending a straight-forward volley sailing way past the baseline. Just heard one of those funny old stats - Stosur last won an Australian Open singles match after recovering from a one-set deficit back in 2003.

Real nerves on show here for Sam Stosur. She loses serve to move to 5-4 down in the first set. China's Zheng Jie now with the chance to serve out the oh-so-important opening set. All eyes on centre court.

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Sam Stosur breaks back. It's 4-4 in the opening set of the Australian's second round match against China's Zheng Jie on centre court. A critical stage coming up for Stosur against a semi-finalist here two years ago. So important for her to win the first set as it does wonders for her confidence.

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