(June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON - Maria Sharapova has lost only for games in her campaign for a second Wimbledon title. Sharapova wiped out Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinsky 6-2, 6-1 to reach the third round at the All England Club in 60 minutes.
“Because it’s so quick from one (surface) to another, the first couple of matches are really crucial in just working on so many things as a grass court player, just trying to make that transition and trying to do it as quick as possible,” Sharapova said.
Sharapova last won Wimbledon 10 years ago in a final against Serena Williams. Should both women hold form, they will be on a collision course in the quarterfinals.
“I haven’t had a chance to watch too many of her matches,” Sharapova said referring to Serena Williams. “But it doesn’t really matter. I mean, she’s been here. She’s done it many, many times.
“If we do get to the stage of playing against each other, first of all, I’ll be happy to be in that stage, in the quarterfinal stage, facing against her on one of the courts.
“You know, we played each other many times. I haven’t had the best results against her. I always look forward to that opportunity and the challenge to play against the best, try something a little bit different to try to get a win out there.”
Last year the No. 5 player lost to world No.131 Michelle Larcher de Brito in the second round.
“I think after last year, everyone is maybe a little bit more cautious,” Sharapova said. “You can’t just forget about it overnight. It’s always in the back of your mind a little bit. I’m sure happy to get through an extra round than I did last year.”
Sharapova next plays American Alison Riske, No.44 in the world.
“I feel like her game matches up with grass extremely well. She stays down really low, hits really flat from both sides, has had steady results on the surface.” Sharapova said. “It’s going to be a challenge.”