Sharapova Keeps Cruising At Wimbledon
Published July 01, 2015 12:15
LONDON, England - It wasn't as fast as Petra Kvitova's 35-minute demolition against Kiki Bertens on Tuesday, the fastest match of the year so far, but Maria Sharapova was pretty flawless against another Dutchwoman at Wimbledon on Wednesday, cruising past Richel Hogenkamp in just 65 minutes.
She had some struggles with her serve, one ace being outweighed by eight double faults, but the rest of her game produced twice as many winners as unforced errors - 22 to 11 - and at the end of the day the No.4-seeded Sharapova was just too much for Dutch qualifier Hogenkamp, cruising, 6-3, 6-1.
The most encouraging stat? Sharapova won 10 of her 13 net approaches during the match.
"I didn't find the rhythm on my serve in a few of those games," Sharapova said. "I think the good thing, though, is that I regained my timing and started tossing the ball a little bit more consistently.
"Overall, it was different conditions that my first round match. The court played a lot slower. We had a lot longer rallies. I didn't get a huge advantage off the serve or the return today - I didn't serve my best - and maybe I made a few too many unforced errors. But overall, once we got into the rallies, once I realized I needed to be a little more patient, then things started working a little better for me."
Sharapova was asked if she got any extra tips on Hogenkamp from her coach, Sven Groeneveld.
"I like to make things very simple, no matter where they're from, or where my coach is from," she said. "Obviously he's known her game for quite some time. Me, not so much. I think that was a good thing.
"But like I said it's best not to overthink things. Different opponent, new court, different conditions. I think just trying to figure that out from the beginning was more important than anything else."
Awaiting Sharapova in the third round is No.29 seed Irina-Camelia Begu, who battled for two hours and 45 minutes out on Court 16 to sneak past Lesia Tsurenko, 7-5, 6-7(4), 7-5. Begu was so close to closing it out in straight sets - she got herself a match point at 7-5, 5-4 - but she ended up losing that set and had to claw her way back from 3-1 down in the third set to finally put the Ukrainian away.
Sharapova beat Begu in the pair's only previous meeting, though it was on clay back in 2012.