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Sharapova to face Serena

2010-06-26 19:32

London- Maria Sharapova's ear-splitting shrieks deafened Wimbledon on Saturday as the Russian needed all of her weapons to break the dogged resilience of Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 7-5 6-3 in the third round.

The 2004 champion laboured to victory on a sun-drenched Court One to set up a mouth-watering fourth round showdown with holder Serena Williams.

After the opening four games went against serve, Sharapova turned up the decibel level several notches as she tried to get a foothold in the match.

It took the Russian 16th seed another eight games to break Zahlavova Strycova, who took out her anger by slamming her racket to the ground twice.

Zahlavova Strycova's resistance crumbled in the second and she bowed out after the Russian again shattered the peace by sealing victory with a screaming ace.

Men:

3rd rd

Robin Soderling (SWE x6) bt Thomaz Bellucci (BRA x25) 6-4, 6-2, 7-5

David Ferrer (ESP x9) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 7-5

Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) bt Thiemo De Bakker (NED) 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (8/10), 6-4

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x10) bt Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)

Julien Benneteau (FRA x32) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Women:


3rd rd

Petra Kvitova (CZE) bt Victoria Azarenka (BLR x14) 7-5, 6-0

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x7) bt Sara Errani (ITA x32) 6-3, 6-1

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-0, 7-5

Li Na (CHN x9) bt Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 6-1, 6-3

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x3) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x29) 7-5, 6-4

Klara Zakopalova (CZE) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x10) 6-2, 6-3

Maria Sharapova (RUS x16) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 7-5, 6-3

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU x31) 6-1, 6-2

Reuters