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« Reply #5020 on: June 25, 2011, 11:18:09 AM »
Maria through to Wimbledon last 16 :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria is through to the last 16 of Wimbledon after she defeated Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-2 on Court 2.

Maria broke easily in the second game of the first set but was immediately broken back by Zakopalova.  Maria breaks again to lead 3-1 and is able to consolidate the break in the next game by dropping only one point.  Maria serves for the set at 5-2 and takes the set when Zakopalova hits into the net on set point.

Zakopalova takes a 3-1 lead in the second set but is unable to maintain the advantage as Maria fights back by taking the next five games to take the set 6-3 by whipping a forehand down the line on match point.

In Monday's fourth round match, Maria will play either Shuai Peng of China.
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« Reply #5021 on: June 25, 2011, 11:19:20 AM »
Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova wins in straight sets :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Maria Sharapova moved into the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-2 6-3 win over Klara Zakopalova that was tougher than the scoreline suggested.

An imperious first-set display by the 2004 champion underlined why many regard her as the favourite to lift the Venus Rosewater dish again this year.

But Sharapova briefly lost her way in the second before recovering strongly.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki likewise made safe passage, beating Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3 6-2.

Sharapova will next play 20th seed Shuai Peng of China, who beat Melinda Czink 6-2 7-6.

Wozniacki will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, the 24th seed, who beat Julia Goerges 6-4 1-6 6-3.

"I haven't been past the fourth round for a few years so I am happy to get where I am," said the fifth-seeded Sharapova, who last progressed to week two in 2006, when she lost in the semi-finals to eventual champion Amelie Mauresmo.

"It's great to be in the second week. The opponents will get tougher but raising your level is what it's all about at the Grand Slams."

Sharapova was also relieved to make a better start than she had done against Britain's Laura Robson in the previous round. "I started slow against Laura," she said, "and I felt I had to be more aggressive today."

That spelled bad news for Zakopalova, who had beaten the Russian in their only previous meeting, in the first round of the 2003 Australian Open.

Unlike Serena Williams - who caused a minor furore earlier in the week by complaining that, as defending champion, she should not have been banished to an outside court for her second-round match with Simona Halep - Sharapova seemed to revel in the "intense" atmosphere of Court Two.

But having breezed through the first set in half an hour, the former champion was obliged to battle through a nine-minute opening service game at the start of the second.

That done, it seemed she would soon be making her way back through the crowded walkways of the All England Club to the locker room.

Zakopalova, the world number 35, faced two break points in the next game, and little she had done up to that point inspired confidence that her first foray beyond the opening round was destined for anything other than rapid curtailment.

Yet the 29-year-old, belatedly finding her range from the baseline, denied Sharapova with some heavy hitting before carving out a couple of openings against her opponent's delivery in the next game.

A heavy second serve from Sharapova saved one break point, but a double fault handed Zakopalova a vital break which she quickly consolidated to go 3-1 ahead.

The key moment came when Zakopalova held a point on serve for a 4-2 lead.

Sharapova, whose had become increasingly wayward off the ground as the second set unfolded, suddenly fired an off-forehand for a winner and the Czech, apparently unsettled, followed up with a double fault and an unforced error.

Zakopalova did not win another game, and Sharapova was left to contemplate a fourth-round meeting with Peng, who extended her to a third set on the hard courts of Indian Wells earlier this year.

"She's a really tough opponent on grass and she's playing some of her best tennis this year," said Sharapova of the world number 20.

Wozniacki expects a similarly testing time against Cibulkova. "It will be a tough one," she said. "She's a player that likes the courts fast. She takes the ball early and attacks, so for me it's important to get my serve in and play steady."

Elsewhere, 18th seed Ana Ivanovic was beaten 6-2 7-6 by Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic.

Cetkovskawill now face Germany's Sabine Lisicki, the world number 62, who followed up her surprise win over French Open champion Li Na by beating Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2.

Marion Bartoli,the 2007 finalist, battled back from the loss of the opening set to beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 5-7 6-4 9-7.

Bartoli, seeded ninth, who saved three match points against Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the previous round, caused a stir at the end of the first set when she ordered her watching father to leave the court.

Monsieur Bartoli initially refused to comply, but eventually left when the umpire intervened. Next up for his daughter is Serena Williams, who won in straight sets against Maria Kirilenko on Court One .
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« Reply #5022 on: June 25, 2011, 11:20:40 AM »
Wimbledon 2011: Caroline Wozniacki and Sharapova ease into last 16 :yahoo: :grind dance: :applause:

Sharapova beats Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-3
Brilliant Wozniacki knocks out Gajdosova

Maria Sharapova moved into the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Klara Zakopalova. The fifth seed looked more confident than in Friday's scrappy win over 17-year-old Briton Laura Robson, and completed the victory with a well-taken passing forehand down the line. Despite her improved form, however, she still struggled for consistency, hitting 21 unforced errors and four double faults.

Sharapova started the match in strong form, hitting a succession of winners past her Czech opponent to take the first set in comfortable fashion. However, she lost concentration at the start of the second, allowing Zakopalova, who reached the fourth round last year, to open up a 3-1 lead. The Russian staged a recovery to win five successive games and take the final set 6-3.

Sharapova won the Wimbledon title in 2004, but has not reached the semi-finals since 2006. She is now the only former champion in the women's draw other than the Williams sisters.

Sharapova will face China's Shuai Peng in the fourth round after the 20th seed beat Melinda Czink 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) on Court 18.

Top seed Caroline Wozniacki produced a near-faultless performance as she eased into the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova.

Wozniacki, the world number one, broke Gajdosova once in the first set and twice in the second to complete a routine win on Centre Court.

The Dane made just five unforced errors in the match to reach the fourth round for the third year in a row. Despite being the top ranked player in the world Wozniacki is in pursuit of her maiden grand slam title.

She said: "Today I served well in the important points and I got a lot of returns back. She was very aggressive. I knew she was going to be.

"I was really happy when I got that break in the first set. I knew I just needed to keep my serve. Even though I broke her early in the second set again, I was facing break points in the game after.

"I knew I shouldn't be letting her in the game too much because once she starts to believe that she can be there, then she's not going to go away."

The 20-year-old will next face Dominika Cibulkova, who advanced today with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over 16th seed Julia Goerges.

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7-0) by the unseeded Czech Petra Cetkovska.

France's Marion Bartoli, who reached the final back in 2007 and is seeded ninth for this year's tournament, beat Flavia Pennetta of Italy 5-7 6-4 9-7.
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« Reply #5023 on: June 25, 2011, 11:29:10 AM »
Some pictures of Maria from her 3rd round win over Zakopalova at Wimbledon :)

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« Reply #5024 on: June 25, 2011, 11:31:03 AM »
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