Serena grinds past Sharapova into Wimbledon quarters

London: Defending champion Serena Williams ensured there was no repeat result from the 2004 final when she beat Maria Sharapova 7-6 6-4 in a tense fourth-round contest at Wimbledon on Monday.

The two went toe-to-toe under the blazing sunshine on Centre Court, and Sharapova, the 16th seed, will rue the chances she missed leading 6-4 in the opening set tiebreak.

A quick break of serve at the start of the second gave the American top seed the momentum, and the three-times champion wrapped up the victory when Sharapova sprayed a running backhand wide after an hour and 36 minutes.

She will play China’s ninth seed Li Na for a place in the semi-finals.

Bureau Report

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