Sharapova sets up Lisicki clash

Sharapova sets up Lisicki clash

Maria Sharapova has made it into the second week of Wimbledon after another victory on Centre Court

Maria Sharapova celebrates making it through to the second week of Wimbledon after another victory on Centre Court

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Top seed Maria Sharapova has secured her passage into Wimbledon's second week with a regulation win over Su-Wei Hsieh.

The French Open champion broke serve three times in the opening set and then recovered from a break in the first game of the second to take the match 6-1 6-4.

Her reward is a fourth-round meeting with Germany's Sabine Lisicki - the woman she beat at the semi-final stage last year.

Sharapova will need to serve better against the German on Monday, having offered up five double faults on Friday, but her unheralded opponent was rarely in a position to cash in.

When Hsieh did break to go 1-0 up in the second she had already succumbed to a heavy first-set loss, losing serve three out of the four times she had the ball in hand.

The 26-year-old Chinese Taipei player, competing in her fourth Wimbledon singles, did move 4-2 ahead in the second set, but Sharapova quickly broke back and then sped away with the match on a windy Court One.

"She was a tricky opponent," Sharapova said afterwards.

"She changed the pace really well and her serve is really tricky. The conditions were tough, I had to face a lot out there and be patient.

"The wind was tricky but I knew I had to handle it."


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