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Sharapova spoils British party at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova overcame Briton Laura Robson and a partisan crowd on Number One court to reach the...

Maria Sharapova and her fiance, basketball star Sasha Vujacic. Picture: AFP.

Maria Sharapova

overcame Briton Laura Robson and a partisan crowd on Number One court to

reach the Wimbledon third round on Friday.

The Russian former champion won

7-6 6-3 but the 17-year-old Robson, world number 254, delighted the

home fans by roaring into a 4-1 lead in the first set.

Fifth

seed Sharapova grew increasingly tetchy as the crowd sensed a huge

upset but she fought back to force a tiebreak which she won 7-4.

Left-hander

Robson continued to produce the odd brilliant winner but she could not

live with Sharapova's power and the Russian completed victory in one

hour 48 minutes.