• Wimbledon, Day Six

Wozniacki and Sharapova on collision course

ESPN staff
June 25, 2011
Maria Sharapova eased into the fourth round © PA Photos

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World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova remain on course for a mouth-watering quarter-final after the pair marched into the fourth round at Wimbledon in straight sets.

Top seed Wozniacki is yet to win a grand slam, but has looked in ominous form at the All England Club and is yet to drop a set after claiming a 6-3 6-2 victory over Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova.

The Dane, who dropped just seven games in her opening two matches, was rewarded for a patient start when she broke for a 5-3 lead in the opening set, and an early break in the second put her well on course for victory.

Wozniacki made only five unforced errors and dropped just four points on her first serve as she booked her place in the fourth round, where she will meet Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who upset No. 16 seed Julia Goerges. Despite hitting three times as many winners as her opponent, Goerges fell to a 6-4 1-6 6-3 defeat.

Should Wozniacki successfully navigate her way past Cibulkova, the top seed could meet 2004 champion Maria Sharapova, who dispatched Klara Zakopalova in straight sets.

Less than 24 hours after beating Britain's Laura Robson, Sharapova was back out on court, and she wasted little time in sealing a 6-2 6-3 victory.

While it took her some time to settle into her rhythm against Robson, Sharapova burst out of the blocks, breaking the Czech's first service game to race into the lead. Although the fifth seed was pegged back after dropping her second service game, Sharapova raced through the opening set in just half an hour.

Serena Williams has been playing her way into form at Wimbledon © PA Photos

Sharapova's serve remains a frailty in her game, and a double fault handed Zakopalova an early break in the second set, but the former world No. 1 replied immediately, and wrapped up the victory in an hour and 18 minutes.

Despite 21 unforced errors (including four double faults), Sharapova never looked in danger of defeat and made serene progress into the last-16, where she will meet Elena Baltacha's victor Shuai Peng, who defeated Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-2 7-6(5).

Four-time champion Serena Williams claimed her first straight-sets victory of the tournament as she strolled into the fourth round with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Russia's Maria Kirilenko. Williams fired ten aces and 32 winners as she eased to victory in a shade under an hour-and-a-half. Next up for Williams is 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli, who had to come from a set down for the second consecutive match, beating Flavia Pennetta 5-7 6-4 9-7 in three tight sets.

Francesca Schiavone was dumped out by unseeded Austrian Tamira Paszek, who triumphed in a gruelling match lasting three hours and 41 minutes. In a match that was suspended by rain on Friday, Paszek battled from a set down to claim a hard-fought 3-6 6-4 11-9 victory.

Ana Ivanovic had been in sparkling form in her opening two matches, but the former French Open champion was sent packing by the unseeded Czech Petra Cetkovska, who claimed a 6-2 7-6 (7-0) victory to set up a fourth-round clash with German wildcard Sabine Lisicki, who beat Japan's Misaki Doi 6-4 6-2.

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