Australian Open 2012: Maria Sharapova beats Sabine Lisicki

Maria marches on Down Under as Russian battles past Lisicki into the last eight

Maria Sharapova needed all her experience to overcome a determined Sabine Lisicki 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

The fourth-seeded Russian won the opening three games but suddenly lost her mojo as the German reeled off the next six to seize the first set and, seemingly, all the momentum.

From Russia with love: Maria Sharapova battled in the Australian Open quarter-finals

From Russia with love: Maria Sharapova battled in the Australian Open quarter-finals

But Sharapova fought back in the second set and then scrapped tooth and nail in the third game of the third to hold serve before she broke 14th seed Lisicki in the sixth, which ultimately set up her victory.

Sharapova will next meet countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova after the world No 56 caused the upset of the tournament by thrashing five-times champion Serena Williams 6-2, 6-3.