Result: Maria Sharapova eases into third round at Wimbledon

Maria Sharapova comfortably beats Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Maria Sharapova has kept her Wimbledon hopes alive by securing a 6-2 6-1 victory over Timea Bacsinszky.

 Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' Singles second round match against Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland on day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 2© Getty Images

The French Open champion started off strongly on the grass court by breaking her opponent's serve at the first time of asking.

Bacsinszky was able to salvage two break points in the fourth game of the opening set and grabbed a break of her own, but Sharapova took her opponent's serve a further two times to take a comfortable one-set lead.

Games initially went by way of serve in the second set, but once again, Sharapova comfortably nabbed a break to keep herself on top in the contest.

Another break of serve ensured that Sharapova was rarely troubled as she took the set and the match to progress into the next phase of the Grand Slam.

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Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the end of her French tennis Open semi-final match against at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014
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