Wimbledon – Sharapova eases past Irina-Camelia

Fourth seed Maria Sharapova beat Irina Begu in straight sets 6-4 6-3 to progress to round four.

The 28-year-old Russian, champion at the All England Club in 2004, overpowered her 29th-seeded opponent on a sun-drenched Court One to take her place in the last 16.

Sharapova wasted a chance to close out the match when she served for victory at 5-1 in the second set but did not make the same mistake again and completed victory in one hour 23 minutes.

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a shot during her match against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania at the Wimbledon Tennis …

“I made it more difficult for myself in the first set but I felt good in the second set,” said Sharapova. “She was not going to away so I was happy I was able to finish it off.

“You expect to go further and on to better things. As the matches get tougher, you have to raise your game and that’s why there’s only one champion.

“You have to have the belief and I absolutely do. You don’t work all these hours in practice to not believe in yourself. I want to be the winner and I will do my best to do so.”