Sharapova double bagels another opponent
For someone with precious little match "toughness" heading into the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova didn't look overly concerned Wednesday.
The second-seeded Russian beat Japan's Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-0 in just 47 minutes, her second consecutive match at Melbourne Park in which her opponent failed to win a game. Doi won only 15 points.
Sharapova, last year's Australian Open runner-up, pulled out of the Brisbane International with a right collarbone injury two weeks ago and had not played a competitive match this year until her 6-0, 6-0 win over fellow Russian Olga Puchkova in the first round Monday.
She is the first woman to post consecutive "double bagels" at a Grand Slam tournament since Wendy Turnbull at the Australian Open in 1985.
"I've been playing really aggressive and doing the right things," Sharapova said. "It's not easy to be up so much because you can have a few letdowns. You just have to try to concentrate. My job is to make it as easy as possible."
Sharapova might find the competition tougher in the next round, where she'll met seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams on Friday.