Sharapova beats Bencic to make Australian Open quarter-finals

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Melbourne (AFP)

World number five Maria Sharapova ground her way into an eighth Australian Open quarter-final Sunday, downing highly-rated Swiss teen Belinda Bencic after a titanic struggle.

The Russian five-time Grand Slam champion needed two hours, five minutes to get past the 12th seed 7-5, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena and set up a potential last-eight clash with arch-rival Serena Williams.