Maria Sharapova outclassed Anna Chakvetadze in an all-Russian match in the first round of Wimbledon, 6-2 6-1. The 52nd-ranked Chakvetadze broke Sharapova’s serve only once, in the beginning of the second set, and Sharapova won all the following games.
Besides Venus and Serena Williams, Sharapova is the only WTA player in the draw who has won Wimbledon. The former world No.1 Russian followed her 2004 Wimbledon triumph with two semifinal showings, but has since failed to go past the fourth round. This year she is one of the favorites for the title, if not the biggest favorite (which our poll results are currently demonstrating as well), especially because of her recent form shown in Rome and Paris.
And talking about solid wins and Grand Slam champions, Ana Ivanovic had a great performance against Melanie Oudin, defeating the American 6-0 6-1 in just 48 minutes, without even facing a break point. It was favorable for Ivanovic that she was so fast, because the match could have been interrupted by darkness. Also, Ivanovic’s confident win is a good consolation for her country of Serbia, which today lost Jelena Jankovic in the first round to Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 5-7 6-4 6-3 and Bojana Jovanovski to Simona Halep 6-1 6-2. (photo via Tennis Buzz)