LONDON, June 25 World number one Maria Sharapova
made a brisk start to her Wimbledon campaign on Monday with a
6-2 6-3 defeat of Australian Anastasia Rodionova on Centre
The top seed was 4-0 up with only a point dropped in the
first set and made it 5-0 with equal ease before meeting some
brief resistance, with Rodionova holding serve and then breaking
The first two games of the second set went with serve before
the powerful Russian romped into a 5-1 lead.
Rodionova delayed the inevitable with a break for 5-2, and
then held serve for 5-3, before the French Open champion
reasserted herself and served out with an ace.
Sharapova, the champion in 2004, turned to wave and blow
kisses at the crowd, who gave her a standing ovation, before
departing after one hour 10 minutes on court.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Martyn Herman)