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2015 Australian Open Eugenie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova set for like-minded battle

Maria Sharapova conceded the up-and-coming Eugenie Bouchard and her share similarities.

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Maria Sharapova conceded her and Australian Open quarter-final opponent Eugenie Bouchard pack similar punch, ahead of their Tuesday blockbuster.

Sharapova has beaten Bouchard in each of their three career meetings, and the second seed is high on confidence after easing past 21st seed Peng Shuai 6-3 6-0 on Sunday.

Bouchard, meanwhile, battled to a three-set victory over Irina-Camelia Begu, coughing up a double-break lead in the second set to lose it before claiming the decider.

Sharapova, 27, said her 20-year-old counterpart is a younger version of herself in her on-court attitude.

"I personally don't know Genie very well. As a tennis player she's a big competitor," she said.

"She's an aggressive player as well that likes to take the ball early and dictate points.

"From that perspective, yeah, definitely [she's like me]."

And if Bouchard thinks anything like Sharapova, she won't like being called 'the next Maria' either.

"When I was coming up, I was compared to [Anna] Kournikova for many years in my career and still occasionally the name always comes up in interviews and articles," Sharapova recalled.

"That's just part of it, part of the game, part of the business. It's understandable. It is what it is.

"As I have said, I believe I was still a teenager, I don't want to be the next anyone.

"I want to be the first Maria Sharapova.

"And that's how I've been throughout my whole career. And we all want to create our own path and go through our own career.

"And we're all destined for some sort of thing. We work extremely hard at a sport, and that's what we want to be known for."

When Sharapova was touted 'the next Kournikova', she was dreaming of playing on Rod Laver Arena.

Her chance at a second Daphne Akhurst Trophy remains alive still, and she said her memories in Australia spur her on.

"I've had some of my greatest memories in Australia," Sharapova said.

"I think consistency-wise it's one of grand slams where I've done the best as well.

"I've always loved playing here ever since the juniors.

"I remember losing in the final and walking away and wishing I would be able to play on Rod Laver someday and not on court three.

"But I've had a lot of tough memories as well and tough matches losses, but I've created some really good ones.

"I think when you go out there and have a chance to play on those big show courts, it brings all that back."

When she takes to the court on Tuesday against 'the next Sharapova', the 2008 champion will be hoping those vibes are the difference.

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