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Sharapova strolls on at Wimbledon
01 Jul 2015 22:10
Serena Williams admits her quest to complete a calendar year Grand Slam is at the forefront of her mind after advancing into the third round of Wimbledon.
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Five-time SW19 champion Williams set up a third-round tie against Britain's Heather Watson after overcoming the gifted but outclassed Timea Babos 6-4 6-1 on Centre Court.
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The American number one seed was tested in the opening set by the big-serving world number 93 from Hungary, but by the second she was in full control and emerged an emphatic winner.
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Having prevailed at the Australian and French Open already this year, the 33-year-old is determined to add the Wimbledon and US Open crowns to her collection, becoming the first woman to complete the quartet of titles since Steffi Graf in 1988.
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"Obviously it's on my mind and it's something I want to do, but there's a reason it's rarely done," Williams said.
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"I would have to win in a really tough draw here and I would have to win the Open. That's not really easy." Watson despatched Daniel Hantuchova 6-4 6-2 to reach the third round at the All England Club for the second time.
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The 23-year-old admits the last time she progressed to the same stage she froze, collapsing to a 6-2 6-0 defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012, and is determined to avoid being overcome by stage fright when she faces Williams.
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"Everybody's human. I've been here a few times now. I've got a feel for playing the top players," Watson said.
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"I remember playing that match against Radwanska and I wasn't sure how to deal with it. I tried to hit winners on the first ball and that was no good."
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Williams' elder sister Venus also progressed after Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan was seen off 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 in a hard-fought match on Court Two.
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Maria Sharapova insisted she was at ease in the hottest conditions on record at Wimbledon after overwhelming Dutch debutant Richel Hogenkamp 6-3 6-1 on Court Two.
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The Russian fourth seed and 2004 SW19 champion battered world number 123 Hogenkamp with a display of trademark power, encountering fleeting resistance in the opening set before taking control.
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Temperatures climbed to a record-breaking 35.7 degrees, but Florida resident Sharapova was well prepared for the roasting conditions.
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"It's much warmer in my hometown of Long Boat Key. There was some cloud coverage here and I've trained quite long in the heat over there," Sharapova said.
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"It's about the preparation in understanding it's going to be warm and not going for it too much because you want to make the points quicker than normal because of the heat.
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"You need to be a little bit smarter out there, that is the most important thing."
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Ana Ivanovic's Wimbledon came to an unexpected end after the seventh seed succumbed 3-6 4-6 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands of America, who is ranked 158 in the world.
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Samantha Stosur, the 22nd seed from Austria, completed a straight sets win over Urszula Radwanska, defeating the Pole 6-3 6-4.
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American Madison Keys recovered from losing the opening set to post a 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory over Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in their first-round tie on Court Three.
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Seeds Andrea Petkovic, Belinda Bencic and Victoria Azarenka also progressed into the third round.
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