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Wimbledon 2011: Schiavone out but Sharapova wins

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 20 June-3 July Coverage: Live on BBC One, Two, 3D, HD, Red Button, online (UK only), Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra; live text commentary from 0900 BST on BBC Sport website (#bbctennis); watch again on iPlayer

Tamira Paszek

Paszek shocks Schiavone in epic

By Les Roopanarine

Francesca Schiavone became the biggest female casualty of the middle Saturday at Wimbledon as she fell to an epic 3-6 6-4 11-9 defeat against Tamira Paszek.

In a match carried over from yesterday, the sixth-seeded Italian recovered from a break down in the final set before serving for the match at 9-8.

But the unseeded Paszek hit back to win in three hours and 41 minutes.

Maria Sharapova earlier beat Klara Zakopalova 6-2 6-3 in a match that was tougher than the scoreline suggested.

An imperious first-set display by the 2004 champion underlined why many regard her as the favourite to lift the Venus Rosewater dish again this year.

Unlike Serena Williams - who caused a minor furore earlier in the week by complaining that, as defending champion, she should not have been banished to an outside court for her second-round match with Simona Halep - Sharapova seemed to revel in the "intense" atmosphere of Court Two.

But having breezed through the first set in half an hour, the fifth seed briefly lost her way, becoming increasingly wayward off the ground as she dropped serve to fall 3-1 behind.

Zakopalova, the world number 35, had beaten a young Sharapova in their only previous meeting, at the Australian Open in 2003, and as she belatedly found her range from the baseline she visibly grew in confidence.

But when a brilliant off-forehand from Sharapova denied her a point for 4-2, the Czech folded, dropping her serve tamely and failing to win another game.

"I haven't been past the fourth round for a few years so I am happy to get where I am," said Sharapova, who last progressed to the second week in 2006.

She will now play 20th seed Shuai Peng of China, who beat Melinda Czink 6-2 7-6.

"She's a really tough opponent on grass and she's playing some of her best tennis this year," said Sharapova of Peng, the world number 20, who extended her to a third set on the hard courts of Indian Wells earlier this year.

Also through to the second week is top seed Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia 6-3 6-2.

She will now face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, the 24th seed, who beat Julia Goerges 6-4 1-6 6-3.

"It will be a tough one," said Wozniacki. "She's a player that likes the courts fast. She takes the ball early and attacks, so for me it's important to get my serve in and play steady."

Ana Ivanovic, the 18th seed and former French Open champion, was beaten 6-2 7-6 by Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic.

Sabine Lisicki

Lisicki's long road back to Centre Court

Cetkovska will now face Germany's Sabine Lisicki, the world number 62, who followed up her surprise win over reigning French champion Li Na by beating Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2.

On a bad day for Italians on Court 12, Flavia Pennetta - who was followed onto court by Schiavone - was beaten 5-7 6-4 9-7 by Marion Bartoli, Eastbourne champion and a finalist at the All England Club back in 2007.

The Frenchwoman, seeded ninth, who saved three match points against Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the previous round, caused a stir at the end of the first set when she ordered her watching parents to leave the court along with her coach.

"I was so tired and exhausted that really I had to express my emotions somehow," said Bartoli, who reached the last four at Roland Garros earlier this month.

"I saw them after the match and they understood completely. It was not against them. It was just that we played a very long first set, and I was exhausted and I was tired and I was feeling worse and worse.

"I needed to get that frustration out, so I showed it that way. I could have broken a racquet. I normally I never act like that. I felt at this point I had to get all this frustration out and start again.

Next up for Bartoli is Serena Williams, who won in straight sets against Maria Kirilenko on Court One .

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