Maria Sharapova thrashed Daniela Hantuchova 6-0, 6-1 to reach the last eight of the WTA event in Paris on Wednesday.
* Nadal humbles Federer in straight sets
Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy produced a great escape as they beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 3-6 7-5.
Order of play on the main showcourt at the Australian Open on Friday:
Round-up: Venus Williams fell on the opening day at the Australian Open but 2013 runner up Li Na cruised through.
First round draw for the women's singles at the Australian Open after qualifying and the withdrawal of Jamie Hampton.
List of women's seeds for the Australian Open which begins on Monday: 1.
Sara Errani romped to a 6-1 6-1 win over Alisa Kleybanova in Cagliari to hand Italy their third Fed Cup title in five years.
Roberta Vinci won a three hour, 13 minute marathon against Russia's Alexandra Panova as Italy grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Fed Cup final on Saturday.
Irina Khromacheva took to Twitter to express her delight at being in Russia's team to face Italy in the Fed Cup final.
WTA round-up: Caroline Wozniacki had to graft to book her place in the WTA Luxembourg semi-finals against Bojana Jovanovski.
Sloane Stephens moved a step closer to the top 10 with an epic 7-6 4-6 6-3 win over Andrea Petkovic in Linz.
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