World No 2 Sharapova survived the scare to clinch the encounter 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at the Melbourne Park here.

"I think I was dwelling too much on my mistakes, what I was doing wrong, not really being in the present, something that I'm really usually good at," Sharapova said.

Asked whether she felt relieved after the let off, Sharapova said, "Well, certainly, after being a point away from going out."

The 27-year-old also added she felt nice after overcoming such a tough challenge and has taken positives out of the encounter.

"At the end of the day it's always nice to come through a challenge like that. That's the biggest positive out of the match," she added.

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