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Sharapova Cruises Into Third Round

Maria Sharapova made short work of Timea Bacsinszky in her second straight dominant performance at Wimbledon.

Published June 26, 2014 12:13

Sharapova Cruises Into Third Round
Maria Sharapova

LONDON, England - No.5 seed Maria Sharapova cruised past Timea Bacsinszky in exactly an hour Thursday to advance to the third round of Wimbledon.

The Plot
Sharapova was looking to avoid a repeat of her second round upset loss to qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito here last year in taking on another upset-minded qualifier.

Bacsinszky, who has two Top 10 wins under her belt, won her three Wimbledon qualifying matches and her first round match in straight sets. Sharapova lost just one game in her opener against British wildcard Samantha Murray to improve to 20-1 since April.

The Turning Point
After opening the match with a hold, Sharapova broke Bacsinszky at love, one of three breaks she converted during a comfortable first set win.

The second set was more of the same, with Sharapova breaking to go up 3-1 and not losing another game in her 6-2, 6-1 victory.

By The Numbers
Sharapova won 27 of 33 points on her first serve and picked apart Bacsinszky's second serve, winning 11 of those 14 points as she broke serve in five of her opponent's seven service games. She also had 16 winners compared to nine for Bacsinszky.

Sharapova, who now has 40 Wimbledon match wins to her name, has surrendered just four games through two matches.

"The first couple of matches are really crucial in terms of working on so many things as a grass court player and trying to make that transition from clay as quickly as possible," Sharapova said. "The grass is quite different from the practice courts. Once you get out there, you try to focus a little bit more on executing better and not letting your focus go. That has been important in the last couple of matches."

What's Next
Sharapova plays American Alison Riske, who was a straight set winner over Camila Giorgi. In their one previous encounter, Sharapova beat Riske in three sets in Birmingham in 2010.

"I feel like her game is suited extremely well for grass," Sharapova said. "She stays down really low, hits really flat from both sides and has had steady results on the surface. It's going to be a challenge. I look forward to playing her."

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