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Sharapova grabs another easy win

Number four seed Maria Sharapova swept into third round of women's singles at Wimbeldon with an authoritative 6-2, 6-2 win over Ashley Harkleroad.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 22:10 IST

Another day, another easy win for Maria Sharapova.

The 2004 champion overpowered Ashley Harkleroad 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes Thursday to reach the third round at Wimbledon. The match was slightly tougher than her 51-minute 6-2, 6-0 win the previous day over Anna Smashnova.

"I didn't think I had a enough of a challenge to see where my game was at in the first round," the third-seeded Russian said. `The points were very quick. But today I played a few rallies and I definitely did a lot of good things."

Sharapova had too much power and consistency for the 76th-ranked American, who had reached the second round for only the first time in four attempts.

Sharapova, her shriek-like grunts carying beyond the Court 2 stands, took control by winning 14 of 16 points at one stretch in the first set. She finished with 27 winners and 12 unforced errors. Harkleroad, mostly on the defensive, had four winners and seven errors.

Sharapova saved a break point _ the only one she faced _ and needed five match points before she closed out the contest when Harkleroad sent a backhand wide.

"I definitely played pretty solid today," the Russian said. "But it's only going to get tougher from here. It's a matter of stepping it up and coming up with the goods when I need it." Defending champion and three-time winner Venus Williams was up later against Lisa Raymond, with top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo facing Samantha Stosur.