Saturday 27 December 2014

Tennis: ‘Sugarmamma’ Sharapova records second ‘double-bagel’ as she joins the Twitterati

Nigel Whittaker

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

Maria Sharapova

A rampaging Maria Sharapova became the first player in 18 years to dole out consecutive double-bagels at a grand slam.

The Australian Open second seed left opponent Misaki Doi of Japan struggling to hold back tears after a 47-minute 6-0 6-0 humiliation – two days after inflicting the same scoreline on fellow Russian Olga Puchkova in the first round.

"I didn't offer candy today," said Sharapova, who launched a sweet-making business last year. It's not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning grand slam titles – not that I won two matches 6-0 6-0."

Sharapova (right), bidding for a fifth major trophy and a second Down Under, has spent only 102 minutes on court at Melbourne Park so far. However, she will face a much stiffer test against seven-times grand slam champion Venus Williams in the next round.

RUTHLESS

The ruthless Russian played down her lack of competition to sharpen her game and said she had never been tempted to take her foot off the gas against the 92nd-ranked Doi, who managed to cobble only 15 points from the match.

"My focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible," said Sharapova, who suffered neck and collarbone pain in the lead up, but was in full flight as she unleashed 16 raking winners.

The diminutive Doi resembled a rabbit caught in the headlights, despite the wishes of one sympathetic fan who repeatedly urged fans to clap their support.

Sharapova's victory ensured she would have good news to report on her new Twitter account, having finally joined the social media network two days before.

The glamorous Russian has already drawn more than 60,000 followers after posting her first tweet: "Your ultimate sugarmama has arrived."

"There are a lot of things I'm still learning about," she said. "I'm just starting to follow things and people. Now I'm learning how to, is it hashtag things, right?"

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic continued his smooth progress through the top half of the men's draw with a crushing win over Ryan Harrison.

Djokovic, looking to become the first man in the Open era to win three successive Melbourne titles, showed no mercy to his young American opponent as he produced a ruthless display to extend his run of successive wins here to 16.

Harrison was brushed aside 6-1 6-2 6-3 in just 90 minutes as the world No 1 marched on to a third-round clash with Radek Stepanek.

David Ferrer was made to work harder than expected against American Tim Smyczek, eventually coming through 6-0 7-5 4-6 6-3 to set up a clash with Marcos Baghdatis, himself a four-set winner over Japan's Tatsuma Ito.

Australian Open,

Live, Eurosport 6.0am and 12.0 midnght

Irish Independent

Promoted articles

Read More

Promoted articles

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport