Sharapova scores first bagel double since '85
Date published :
16 Jan 2013 - 09:16:52
Dominant world number two Maria Sharapova became the first person to score two double bagel Grand Slam wins in a row since 1985 Wednesday, but said statistics were not important.
The Russian second seed raced into the Australian Open third round in just 47 minutes, handing a tennis lesson to young Japanese Misaki Doi in a one-sided rout.
The 2008 champion and runner-up last year hardly raised a sweat in trouncing the 21-year-old 6-0, 6-0 and has now won won 24 games in a row after also scoring a rare whitewash against her first round opponent.
It is a feat that hasn't been achieved by a woman at a Grand Slam since Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985, but Sharapova said she was only interested in winning.
"It's not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning Grand Slam titles, not that I won two matches 6-0, 6-0," she said.
"You know, I'm just happy that I won the match and I get to go through and I'm in the next round."
Doi, ranked 97, was always going to struggle and appeared to be overawed by the occasion, having no answers to Sharapova's power and precision shot-making.
There was little the Japanese, in her first Australian Open, could do but learn a lesson as the Russian bagged the first set in just 23 minutes, and it was more of the same in the 24-minute second.
"I didn't know too much about my opponent; just knew she was a few inches shorter than I was," Sharapova said.
"But it's always tough, especially when you're up a set and a couple of breaks, to keep that momentum. I really forced myself to concentrate and just get the job done today."
Asked if there was a temptation to take her foot off the pedal when winning so easily, she replied: "No.
"I mean, my focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible.
"When you have your chances and opportunities, little doors that open up, you try to take them.
"Without looking at the scoreboard, I don't want anyone to know what score it is on the scoreboard just by looking at my face or my attitude. I try to play every single point like I really need to win it."
Playing in her 10th campaign at Melbourne Park, she is looking to avenge the humbling she was dealt by Victoria Azarenka in the final last year, when she was thrashed 6-3, 6-0 in just 82 minutes.
Sharapova now faces the tantalising prospect of a third round clash with seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, who was playing in an evening match.
"There are certainly no secrets coming into that match-up. We've played against each other many times," she said.