Sharapova takes care of Riske business in emphatic style
Published 28/06/2014 | 18:12
Maria Sharapova completed a clinical march through Wimbledon's first week with a straight-sets victory over American Alison Riske.
The 2004 champion is yet to drop a set in the tournament, booking her slot in the last 16 with a routine 6-3 6-0 victory over the world number 44.
Sharapova unpicked 23-year-old Riske's game plan, overturning a break deficit in the first set and then striding to her triumph with ease.
Sharapova's sluggish start was underlined by a double fault that gifted Riske an immediate break-point chance that she did not waste.
The American's pinpoint service style right into the corner of the box then had Sharapova clambering to adjust.
Riske maintained her advantage, upholding the pressure on her Russian opponent - that was until the five-time grand slam winner rediscovered her poise to chilling effect.
The fifth seed clawed a deuce from 40-15 down on Riske's serve, then forcing a double-fault as the pressure got to the Pittsburgh native.
Acutely aware the early advantage was slipping, Riske then allowed Sharapova to break again and take control at 5-3.
The reigning French Open queen then clinched the set without issue, comfortably back in the groove.
Sharapova's ruthlessness shone through from then on in, the 27-year-old refusing to relinquish her stranglehold.
Dismissing Riske with peremptory ease, Sharapova blitzed through the second set without dropping a game.