Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova has too much for French prospect Kristina Mladenovic

Last Updated: 24/06/13 7:36pm

  • Share:
Maria Sharapova is safely through to round two at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova is safely through to round two at Wimbledon

Sky Bet

Maria Sharapova overpowered the promising Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 6-3 to reach the second round of Wimbledon.

Centre Court was treated to a truly excellent first set of tennis with 20-year-old Mladenovic upping her game on the big stage and matching the famously aggressive hitting of the Russian.

The early equality resulted in a tie-break, and Mladenovic fought back gamely from an initial double-fault to secure a mini-break, only for the key moment of the set and possibly the match to go the way of third-seeded Sharapova.

Mladenovic, whose use of the drop shot seemed to catch Sharapova cold on several occasions early on, began to overdo it and paid the price when allowing Sharapova to kill off a dramatic rally and claim the first set.

Once Sharapova found her rhythm in the second, victory seemed inevitable and the Mladenovic serve suffered as the match wore on - her seven double faults helping the 2004 champion close out the match with ease.

Michelle Larcher De Brito awaits in the second round after the Portuguese No 2 overcame American Melanie Oudin 7-6 1-6 6-4 in just under two hours.

Elsewhere, ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki was also untroubled as she cruised past Estrella Cabeza Candela in just 59 minutes.

The Dane won only two of 14 points on her second serve, but her Spanish opponent won just 12 points on serve in total.

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private

Related

Wimbledon 2013

Andy Murray: Hurlingham warm up for Wimbledon champion

Hurlingham return for Murray

Andy Murray will play in the BNP Paribas Tennis Classic at London's Hurlingham Club once again this summer.

Murray and Djokovic: will be hard to topple, says Barry

Relentless to the last

Barry Cowan says it could be some time before Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's dominance is quelled.

Murray and Djokovic: will be hard to topple, says Barry

Relentless to the last

Barry Cowan says it could be some time before Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic's dominance is quelled.

Most Popular

Features

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

So long is a week in the sporting world, one can rise to fame while another can fall from grace.

Sit-down with Rafa

Sit-down with Rafa

Sign in to hear Rafael Nadal discuss his 2015 hopes, recent injury set-backs and the ATP Tour Finals.

Fed at his finest

Fed at his finest

Barry Cowan explains how Shanghai master Roger Federer is playing the best tennis of his stellar career.