London: French Open champion Maria Sharapova started her bid to win a second Wimbledon title with a ruthless 6-1, 6-0 demolition of British wild card Samantha Murray yesterday.
Sharapova serves to Samantha Murray yesterday. Pic/AFP.
Russian fifth seed Sharapova breezed past World No 247 Murray in just 58 minutes on Court One to secure a second round tie against Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky. Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka reached the second round as defending women’s champion Marion Bartoli made a tearful return to Centre Court.
Wawrinka, the World No 3 fired 18 aces and 39 winners in a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa. In other match World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the 16th seeded Dane, beat Israel’s Shahar Peer 6-3, 6-0.
Meanwhile, top seed Serena Williams took the express route into the Wimbledon second round with a 6-1, 6-2 thrashing of fellow American Anna Tatishvili.