Tennis - Sharapova eases through first round

Maria Sharapova and top see Serena Williams are both through to the second round at Wimbledon after breezing past their opponents.

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Sabine Lisicki had an easy win over Julia Glushko (Reuters)

The Russian world number five strolled past Britain's Samantha Murray, winning 6-1 6-0 in just 58 minutes.

Last year's Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki took less than an hour to progress to the second round, beating Julia Glushko 6-2 6-1.

The 19th seed received the honour of opening up on Centre Court today in the absence of reigning champion Marion Bartoli, who has retired from tennis.

Caroline Wozniacki is also through after defeating Israel's Shahar Peer 6-3 6-0, while British No.1 Heather Watson beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 6-2.

In a match held over from yesterday due to rain, 14th seed Sara Errani was knocked out by France's Caroline Garcia, who secured a close-fought win 2-6 7-6(3) 7-5.

The 28th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova was knocked out at the first hurdle, losing 3-6 6-3 6-1 to Portugal's Michelle Larcher de Brito.

Elsewhere, French Open semi-finalist Andrea Petkovic had a straightforward win over Katarzyna Piter, 6-1 6-4.

First-round results:

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Anna Tatishvili (U.S.) 6-1 6-2

3-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Teliana Pereira (Brazil) 6-2 6-2

4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Andreea Mitu (Romania) 6-2 6-1

5-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat Samantha Murray (Britain) 6-1 6-0

Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat 7-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) 6-3 6-2

9-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 6-2 6-4

11-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) beat Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 7-6(6) 6-4

Caroline Garcia (France) beat 14- Sara Errani (Italy) 2-6 7-6(3) 7-5

15-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) beat Zhang Shuai (China) 6-1 6-2

16-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat Shahar Peer (Israel) 6-3 6-0

19-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Julia Glushko (Israel) 6-2 6-1

20-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) beat Katarzyna Piter (Poland) 6-1 6-4

24-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) beat Tamira Paszek (Austria) 6-4 6-7(3) 6-2

25-Alize Cornet (France) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 4-6 6-4 6-2

Michelle Larcher de Brito (Portugal) beat 28-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3-6 6-3 6-1

Victoria Duval (U.S.) beat 29-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-4 3-6 6-1

31-Klara Koukalova (Czech Republic) beat Taylor Townsend (U.S.) 7-5 6-2

Heather Watson (Britain) beat Ajla Tomljanovic (Croatia) 6-3 6-2

Madison Keys (USA) beat Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 6-3 6-3

Irina Begu (Romania) beat Virginie Razzano (France) 1-6 6-4 7-5

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Karin Knapp (Italy) 6-7(4) 6-4 10-8

Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) beat Sharon Fichman (Canada) 6-1 6-3

Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) beat Jovana Jaksic (Serbia) 6-2 4-6 7-5

Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 2-6 6-3 6-3

Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 6-2 6-3

Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) beat Dinah Pfizenmaier (Germany) 6-3 6-0

Zheng Jie (China) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 6-1 6-3

Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) beat Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-4 8-6

Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spain) beat Petra Martic (Croatia) 6-0 6-1

Donna Vekic (Croatia) beat 21-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-4 4-6 6-4

Camila Giorgi (Italy) beat Alexandra Cadantu (Romania) 6-1 7-6(5)

Alison Riske (U.S.) beat 26-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 4-6 7-5 6-1

Chanelle Scheepers (South Africa) beat Christina Mchale (U.S.) 6-3 6-3

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