Maria Sharapova opened her 11th Wimbledon campaign with a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic, former junior Wimbledon runner-up. In what was their first career meeting, lasting one hour and 42 minutes, there was only one break of serve, by Sharapova, in the second set for a 3-1 lead. The first set was a nail-biter, but Sharapova kept her record of never having lost the first set in the first round of Wimbledon intact. Next for the Russian will be Melanie Oudin or Michelle Larcher De Brito.
Meanwhile, British world No.56 Heather Watson had something to say about the unfriendly behavior of the biggest stars in the locker room, putting in the same basket the recently conflicted Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams, while also adding Agnieszka Radwanska to the list of unsociable players.
I don’t think it’s to do with being younger. I think it’s based on ranking. Especially the top three and four in the world won’t talk to anybody. Victoria Azarenka does say hello but the other three make an effort not to.
That’s what they do, that’s just how they operate. They don’t want to give you anything, no weakness, nothing. I don’t see it as a weakness. Fair enough, don’t talk while you’re playing, fine. But off the court we’re still human beings. You do need to be ruthless but I don’t think you need to blank everybody.