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Maria Sharapova Enters Round Three

Wimbledon, June 24: Laura Robson's hope of a shock victory over Maria Sharapova came to an end as the fifth seed recovered from a poor start to make round three of Wimbledon.It seemed a huge

PTI [ Updated: June 24, 2011 22:37 IST ]
maria sharapova enters round three
maria sharapova enters round three

Wimbledon, June 24: Laura Robson's hope of a shock victory over Maria Sharapova came to an end as the fifth seed recovered from a poor start to make round three of Wimbledon.


It seemed a huge upset could be on the cards when 254th-ranked Robson took a 4-1 lead in the first set on Court One.

But the 17-year-old British wildcard was pegged back and her Russian opponent powered through to win 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in an hour and 48 minutes.

There are now no British players left in the women's singles.

Robson's defeat came shortly after compatriot Elena Baltacha  was beaten 4-6 6-2 7-5  by Shuai Peng, meaning Andy Murray is the only home representative still standing in either main draw.

But there are no such concerns for 2004 champion Sharapova, who can look forward to a third-round meeting with unseeded Hungarian Melinda Czink on Saturday.

"Laura started off the match so well, going for her shots and serving well," the 24-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I couldn't get too many looks at her first serve but I hung on in there and started to play better".

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