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Bremond-Sharapova as it happened
Wimbledon second round result:

S M Bremond Fra v M SHARAPOVA Rus 2

0-6 3-6


By Sam Lyon


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Bremond 0-6 3-6 Sharapova
Bremond fires an easy volley to the open court long to typify a frustrating day's work and it hands Sharapova a 30-0 advantage. An ace next point is as good as it gets for Seva, who finds the next with a tough return to hand Sharapova two match points, and then double faults to gift the Russian the match. A comfortable work-out for Sharapova, who will probably need more treatment on a sore throat than the shoulder after that, I reckon.

Bremond 0-6 3-5 Sharapova
The sun is well and truly out on Centre Court now, and so will Bremond be soon I suspect. Sharapova's power consumes the Frenchwoman and she holds to 15. Bremond will serve to stay in the Championship.

"Should she get through this, Sharapova will face a tough match against Ai Sugiyama next and she won't be able to afford lapses during matches all the way to the final."
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Bremond 0-6 3-4 Sharapova
Bremond moves to 30-0 up with a wide ace, but Sharapova is soon level with a couple of grunters that force the error. Seva responds, though, and takes the game with a deep forehand onto the line.

Bremond 0-6 2-4 Sharapova
There's no roof on Centre Court this year, of course, and the wind is picking up at pitch level. Cue a handful of Marilyn Monroe moments with Shazza and Seva both having to calm their dresses down pre-serve. Leave the roof off, I say. Anyway, Sharapova is increasingly having to find the lines to keep Bremond out of points and, to her credit, she's doing just that. A forehand and backhand winner send chalk dusting across the surface at she takes the game to 30 to remain in control.

Bremond 0-6 2-3 Sharapova
Good stuff from Bremond, who has found her feet on Centre Court. A couple of booming serves and some lovely groundstrokes earn her the game to love.

"She can't afford to let Bremond get a feel of the match here. Points are already being more hotly contested and Sharapova needs to dominate again."
BBC Sport pundit Tracy Austin

Bremond 0-6 1-3 Sharapova
Another window of opportunity for Bremond after Sharapova pushes a volley wide at 15-15 and then a forehand long at 30-30. But, despite a fine return of serve at break point, Shazza forces the error and Bremond's pass goes long. A terrific wide serve helps seal the game and 'The Grunt' survives another scare.

Bremond 0-6 1-2 Sharapova
The odd error is creeping into Sharapova's game now - one wonders if her shoulder injury is proving a problem - and a terrific low volley at the net from Bremond brings her two game points. The Frenchwoman, who certainly does not scrub up badly at all even compared to the angelic Sharapova, registers her first game of the match, forcing a forehand error from the Russian to get on board.

Bremond 0-6 0-2 Sharapova
Apparently, Sharapova's dress is inspired by the ballet 'Swan Lake', so there you go. Tracy Austin and Virginia Wade are dead impressed in the commentary box, bless 'em. No sign of Port de bras or Grand jetes from the Russian, though (alright, I Googled those), as she resists more aggression from Bremond, and a break point, to secure her eighth straight game.

"Bremond is changing her tactic so often, just trying to find a way to dominate Sharapova, but the former champion is throwing everything back in her face."
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Bremond 0-6 0-1 Sharapova
Just as in the first game of the match, the second-set opener is a real tussle. Bremond goes 30-0 up but Sharapova powers back to earn a break. It's the first of four she brings up, and each time Bremond finds an answer. With Bremond mixing up her serve at every opportunity, she earns four game points of her own, only to waste each - the last on a double serve. Finally, Sharapova, fist pumping and grunt level on overload, takes her sixth break opportunity, powering a forehand into the corner. That game lasted just 11 minutes shorter than the entire first set.


"You can't help but admire Sharapova's incessant dedication and application, as if every point her life is on the line."
BBC Sport pundit Virginia Wade

Bremond 0-6 Sharapova
A word on the ladies' dresses - both wearing conservative, all-white numbers, just the way Wimbledon's big dogs want it. That said, Sharapova has an odd little frill thing on the back of hers, which can only counter any aerodynamics she's after suit-wise. Poor forethought that. Bremond secures the hint of an opening when she comes out on top of an exchange at the net to earn three break points. Sharapova saves the first with a backhand winner down the line, though, and procedes to bludgeon her way to deuce. An ace and an unreturnable serve seal the set in just 26 minutes.

Bremond 0-5 Sharapova
That's the third straight break for Sharapova, who underlines her dominance with a volleyed winner following the rally of the match so far to earn two break points. Bremond saves one with a couple of powerful ground strokes, but a majestic forehand cross-court winner from deep means Sharapova will serve for the set.

Bremond 0-4 Sharapova
Bremond, who is seven years senior to SW19 favourite Sharapova, already looks resigned to a short afternoon's work following a swift fourth game. The Frenchwoman fails to get Sharapova's serve back three times and when she does at 15-40, the Russian smashes it down the centre of the court for the winner and the game.

"After a tricky first match all the signs are that Maria is at full throttle on Centre Court today."
BBC Sport pundit Tracy Austin

Bremond 0-3 Sharapova
The early signs are good for Sharapova fans, with a superb drop shot, a glorious lob and a backhand winner down the line bringing her two more break points. She needs only one as Bremond pushes a forehand wide and that's a double break.

Bremond 0-2 Sharapova
After such a marathon effort from Henman and Lopez, it would appear it's Pimms-o'clock on Centre Court with large chunks of the crowd away from their seats. It does not appear to be bothering Sharapova, though, who looks in good touch from the back of the court in consolidating the break to 15.

Bremond 0-1 Sharapova
Disastrous start for Frenchwoman Bremond, as Sharapova - yet to get her grunt going at full flow just yet - snatches the opening game against serve to deuce. Bremond launches a few powerful serves to let the Russian know she's in a match, but Sharapova's class edges her through and that could be a crucial early break.

1636: One possible filip for Bremond is that Sharapova is apparently still suffering from her long-standing shoulder problem. The Russian is having to manage the pain on a match-by-match basis and "does not have as much confidence" in the shoulder as she should, she says. Wannabe masseurs need not apply.

The players are out warming up now, though, and Sharapova is not showing any obvious signs of distress...

1631: And so to the background for this clash - the Russian, winner here in 2004 and semi-finalist the last two years, starts as a big favourite. But it might not all be plain sailing for the 20-year-old, who was tested in her 6-1 7-5 first-round win over Yung-Jan Chan from Taipei.

For her part, Bremond, quarter-finalist in SW19 last year, overcame Ekaterina Bychkova 6-4 6-4 in the opening round.

1626: Forget the agony of another brave exit for Tiger Tim... Maria Sharapova, the darling of fashion designers, paparazzi and teenage boys the world over, is next up on Centre Court against Severine Bremond of France.

Tom Fordyce is taking a break - which apparently will consist of him gazing adoringly/critically analysing (delete as applicable) Sharapova's 'form' in this match - so I will be talking you through the action. It should be an intriguing clash this one.

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