Maria Sharapova had to dig deep to book herself a place in the third round of the 2012 London Olympics.
The Russian defeated the British young talent Laura Robson, needing a tiebreak in the first set, just before closing out the match with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 scoreline.
The players exchanged one break each to level the score at 4-4 in the first set, with some heavy hitting on both sides. Eventually, a tiebreak had to decide who is going to take the lead in the match. Robson got off to a better start, taking a 3-1 lead, just before Sharapova raced back to take control and seal the set.
Sharapova managed to carry the momentum into the second set, breaking Robson for a 2-0 lead. The Brit, cheered on by an almost packed centre court, found her way back into the match, taking the Russian’s serve in the seventh game. However, her serve let her down as she commited too many double faults in today’s encounter. Dropping her serve once more, Sharapova sailed to a straight sets win, setting up a third round encounter against the German Sabine Lisicki, who overcame Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 4-6 6-3 7-5.
In other second round matches, Russian Nadia Petrova prevailed 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-2 against Anna Tatishvili of Gergia, another Russian Maria Kirilenko defeated British hope Heather Watson 6-3 6-2 and Germany’s Julia Goerges, who ousted no.2 seed Radwanska in the first round, proved to be too strong for Varvara Lepchenko of Uzbekistan, beating her 6-3 7-5.