Former champion Maria Sharapova made short work of British wildcard Samantha Murray on Tuesday to book her place in the second round of Wimbledon.
WTA Staff

LONDON, England - No.5 seed Maria Sharapova made a flying start to her Wimbledon challenge, brushing aside British wildcard Samantha Murray, 6-1, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Plot
It is now 10 years since a precocious Sharapova stunned the tennis world and Serena Williams to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish. A lot has changed since then, but the Russian's competitive fire burns as brightly as ever.

This much was evident from her recent French Open triumph, which owed as much to her will to win as her fearsome groundstrokes. In the build-up, Sharapova has spoken openly about her desire to win a second Wimbledon crown and she began her latest title tilt against World No.247 Murray.

The Turning Point
For Sharapova, the only moment of bother came in the first few games, a flurry of double faults forcing her to fend off a succession of break points. From that moment on, though, it was plain sailing, the 2004 champion romping home in two minutes under the hour.

"There's always a bit more tension coming into the first round of a Grand Slam," Sharapova said. "It was such a quick turnaround. Just a couple weeks ago you're on the clay, coming onto the grass now. It's a new surface and it's a different feeling.

"It was obviously a bit slower start than I wanted, but I think as the match progressed, I got more comfortable, found my toss a little bit better. I think my serve percentage went up, which was quite important considering she did want to play an aggressive game off of the second serves."

What's Next
Her reward for this brisk win is a second round meeting against qualifier Timea Bacsinszky.