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Fresh from claiming a maiden French Open title, completing a career grand slam and regaining the world No1 ranking, Sharapova is now looking to win Wimbledon for the first time since stunning Serena Williams in the 2004 final. First set: Sharapova 5-2 Rodionova*A first double of the day from Sharapova gets Rodionova to 30-all. Sharapova wins the first set 6-2A forehand return winner down the line brings up set point No5, and this time Sharapova takes it as Rodionova slices wide. Needless to say, Sharapova is meeting all of those Slam Tracker targets. Impressive considering this is the world No1's first match on grass this year.Here's a reminder of that, in case you're feeling nostalgic. Sharapova's thoughts on switching from the red clay of Roland Garros to the green grass of Wimbledon: "I think it's the toughest back-to-back grand slam-wise, without a doubt. Sharapova regroups, and brings up her fourth set point. Second set: Sharapova 6-2, 1-0 Rodionova*A hint of danger for Sharapova at 30-all, but an Exocet of a serve out wide gets her to 40-30, and from there Rodionova scoops well long.Players start at a much younger age on the women's tour than they do on the men's, so many of the leading girls have been travelling the world since their early teens.The tour can be a dysfunctional, stressful and boring place, and when Kim Clijsters retired last year she said she was off in search of "a normal life".Clijsters' former coach, Carl Maes, yesterday gave an insight into life at the top of the women's game.He said: "There are huge stresses and strains on the leading players, and they can feel as though they have become tennis machines, that they have become media products just going from city to city, from continent to continent, and always in the spotlight."The tour is monotonous, it is often boring for the players, with lots of waiting around.
On tour now, who knows how much longer Serena Williams, 26, and her older sister Venus, 27, will keep playing for?When I looked in the mirror, I actually saw this distorted image. I just wanted to kill myself."Martina Hingis originally quit at 22, came back three years later, but is now banned after testing positive for cocaine at last year's Wimbledon.Anna Kournikova, who had a long tease of a tennis career, also put down her rackets when in her early twenties, because of injuries.But because it's Wimbledon, of course they're wearing white. First set: *Sharapova 2-0 Rodionova Rodionova can't buy a point. First set: Sharapova 3-0 Rodionova*Um, I'm already running out of ways to describe this. First set: Sharapova 5-0 Rodionova*Wait, Sharapova is human after all. "Motorbiking to work this morning, I spotted a hoarding of La Sharapova advertising Evian," chirps Gary Naylor. Second set: *Sharapova 6-2, 5-1 Rodionova At 40-0, Rodionova looks safe, but Sharapova rattles off the next three points, one with a brutal backhand winner down the line, and it's deuce.Though Sharapova does have a flash of yellow on her straps. Sharapova is completely dominant and holds to love. At this rate, the Centre Court patrons will be off having their tea and sandwiches quicker than you can say "double bagel". The Russian sends a forehand long at 15-0, and lets up again at 40-15, but Rodionova then scoops a backhand long as Sharapova holds to 30. "Just for a moment, I thought it was her in person, but even she's not 12 foot tall is she? Rodionova just isn't getting enough time on her shots, the ball is flying back at her before she's had time to draw breath. She saves the first, but surrenders on the second, as she throws in her third double fault of the day.
opponent today is the world No133, Anastasia Rodionova. Though she will be back at the All England Club for the Olympics later this summer. Especially if you're coming off a French Open win, or a final, it's the toughest turnaround. Rodionova averts the danger with a forehand cross-court strike, and lets rip again to bring up a first break point. Sharapova maintains the momentum at the start of the second set and throws in a little fist pump.