Wimbledon: Maria Sharapova easily beats Richel Hogenkamp to advance

Maria Sharapova strolled into the third round of Wimbledon with a routine 6-3 6-1 win over outclassed debutant Richel Hogenkamp.

Staff Reporter
1 July 2015, 7:10pm
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova
The 2004 All England Club champion was troubled by Hogenkamp for spells of the opening set but by the second she was in full control, battering her opponent into submission with a display that favoured strength over artistry.

Hogenkamp was cheered on by spectators on Court Two when she registered the match's only ace, but the world number 123's second grand slam appearance was quickly brought to a close.

Sharapova called on a full range of shots in the fifth game of the opening set, mixing baseline power with crafty play at the net, and in the sixth Hogenkamp was broken.

The Dutchwoman broke back immediately with Sharapova conceding the game after firing wide on a first service, but the fourth seed recovered immediately and went on to take the first set with ease.

Hogenkamp was bludgeoned into conceding on her serve as the second set got under way, and it was proving all too easy for Sharapova as she strolled into a 3-0 lead.

Apart from conceding the sixth, it was all one-way traffic with two thunderous forehands from the Russian finishing off her opponent.

Wimbledon witnessed its hottest day on record with the temperature climbing to 35.7 degrees, but Florida resident Sharapova was well prepared for the roasting conditions.

"It's much warmer in my hometown of Long Boat Key. There was some cloud coverage here and I've trained quite long in the heat over there," Sharapova said.

"It's about the preparation in understanding it's going to be warm and not going for it too much because you want to make the points quicker than normal because of the heat.

"You need to be a little bit smarter out there, that is the most important thing."