Sharapova dominates British wild card at Wimbledon

by: AP June 24, 2014

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LONDON -- French Open champion Maria Sharapova defeated British wild-card entry Samantha Murray 6-1, 6-0 Tuesday in a first-round match at Wimbledon.

The fifth-seeded Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at the All England club 10 years ago as a 17-year-old and added her fifth last month in a three-set win over Simona Halep at Roland Garros.

On Tuesday, Sharapova was perfect in converting all five of her break-point opportunities, while Murray failed to break the Russian's serve in the 58-minute match. Murray also had six double-faults.

Sharapova could face five-time champion Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.

A year after her loss to Marion Bartoli in the Wimbledon final, Sabine Lisicki opened up her 2014 run in England with a 6-2, 6-1 win over No.79 Julia Glushko in a match that took less than an hour.

"I was quite nervous," Lisicki said after being asked how she felt walking back on the court where she lost 6-1, 6-4 last year to Bartoli.

"I played my first Grand Slam final last year and I'm returning to the court where I played it on. That's normal that there are some nerves involved. It's such a special place for me."

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