Maria Sharapova, champion of Wimbledon 2004, registered a dominant 6-1, 6-4 win over Romanian Ioana Raluca Olaru to make the third round of the Ladies’ Singles draw for the first time since 2007.
Sharapova suffered embarrassing second round defeats in each of the last two Wimbledons, losing to Alla Kudryavtseva in 2008 and Gisela Dulko in 2009.
Sharapova cruised through the first set easily, but had a tougher time in the second set as Olaru picked up her game to level the set at 4-4.
But Sharapova steeled herself well, and closed out the match two games later.
Sharapova looks to be in good shape for what’s looking like a very likely fourth round encounter with No. 1 Serena Williams.