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Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova cruises into last 16

By Nick Purewal

Published 04/07/2015

Point taken: Maria Sharapova on her way to victory
Point taken: Maria Sharapova on her way to victory

Maria Sharapova crushed Irina-Camelia Begu with a routine straight-sets victory to reach Wimbledon's last 16 for the 10th time in 13 years.

The 2004 champion bombed out in the second round in 2008, 2009 and 2013, but reached the fourth round for the second year running yesterday.

All eyes were trained on Serena Williams' continued quest for the career Grand Slam, the top seed taking on Britain's Heather Watson last on Centre Court.

That did not stop Sharapova slipping quietly through to Wimbledon's second week, where she will meet either Zarina Diyas or 14th seed Andrea Petkovic.

The five-time grand slam champion and fourth seed was in the mood to start her weekend early, completing an all-but fuss-free 6-4 6-3 victory.

Sharapova led the second set 5-0 before Begu launched a mini recovery, but the commanding Russian soon quashed the last of the Romanian's resistance.

Sharapova's victory followed a sizeable upset in the shape of the USA's Coco Vandeweghe dumping out 22nd seed Sam Stosur.

Australian hope Stosur could not contain her pumped-up opponent, who triumphed 6-2 6-0.

Fashionista American star Bethanie Mattek-Sands might be frustrated by Wimbledon's strict dress code after suggesting it should be relaxed earlier in the week, but will no longer have to worry about her on-court attire after losing out in straight sets to Belinda Bencic.

Eastbourne winner Bencic continued her fine form by swatting aside Mattek-Sands 7-5 7-5.

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