Three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Maria Sharapova did not have to break much of a sweat as she swept past against 29-year old Czech Klara Zakopalova, winning their third-round match 6-2, 6-3. Sharapova, on the back of a convincing win over Brit Laura Robson in the previous round, looked in control at most times, and even though she hit 5 unforced errors more than Zakopalova, the Russian used her superior forehand and serve to round up the match in an hour and 17 minutes.
Sharapova, seeded fifth at Wimbledon this year, started well, holding her first service game to 30, and then breaking the Czech world number 35 in the second game of the match to gain an early upper hand in the opening set. Zakopalova broke back immediately, but was visibly struggling with her serve, as Sharapova benefitted from a double fault on the third deuce in Zakopalova's next service game before hitting a big backhand up the line to claim another break to distance herself from her opponent. Sharapova, with her powerful hitting, looked in control of the match, making her unseeded opponent do all the running, and eventually picked up the first set 6-2.