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Most likely candidate to win Wimbledon?

Maria battles into Wimbledon third round
Posted by: Editor

Maria Sharapova was the first of the women's title favourites to receive a major Wimbledon fright, her dramas played out over two days.
The world No.1 faced a 2-5 deficit and five break points in the first set on Wednesday night, then returned tonight to lose the second in a tiebreak before overcoming 2010 semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-0 to advance to the third round.

Having pleaded with the chair umpire to suspend play as darkness settled over No.1 court on the end of a rain-interrupted day, Sharapova eventually slept on a 3-1 second set lead. But Pironkova, an accomplished and confident grasscourter with flat groundstrokes and a fine backhand, immediately broke back when play resumed in sunnier, faster conditions on the warmest day of the tournament so far.

The world No.38 eventually forced a second tiebreak, and it was there that Sharapova's serve completely unravelled, three consecutive double-faults contributing to a 7-3 result. The top seed, who at the French Open completed the career grand slam she launched began with her singles triumph at the All England Club as a teenager in 2004, remodelled her serve after her shoulder surgery in 2008, but this was a throwback to the bad old days.

Still, there is no steelier competitor in the women's game, and the Russian pounced on a small lapse from Pironkova at the start of a third set she dominated. It was not her best performance, but Sharapova survived it, and she was only narrowly beaten into the third round by four-time champion Serena Williams, whose more routine 6-1, 6-4 defeat of qualifier Melinda Czink booked the American's place in the last 32.

"I started off slow today and she came out firing both yesterday and today, and i just couldn't really get my rhythm, but I'm really happy that I really stepped it up in the third set, that was important," Sharapova said. "I guess it only matters how you finish."

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/sport/tennis/sharapova-survives-a-scare-20120628-215ra.html#ixzz1z6ntyreh

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