Thursday, April 24, 2014   

(Tennis) Sharapova survives 42 degree furnace
(01-16 11:53)

Maria Sharapova survived the searing heat in Melbourne and intense challenge from Karin Knapp to advance to the third round of the Australian Open with a grueling 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 win in 3 hours, 28 minutes today.
The temperature was forecast to spike at 44 degrees Celsius on the third straight day of a heat wave. It was already 39C (102F) when No 3-seeded Sharapova's match started and increased to 42.5C, forcing organizers to enact the “Extreme Heat Policy’’ and suspend matches on outside courts.
Sharapova, wore ice vests in every changeover after the third game, draped ice bags over shoulders and poured water over her head.—AP

   
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