Wozniak fails to advance to third round

Aleksandra Wozniak hits a return to Jie Zheng during their match at Wimbledon in London on...

Aleksandra Wozniak hits a return to Jie Zheng during their match at Wimbledon in London on Thursday, June 28, 2012. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

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LONDON - Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak was no match for China's Jie Zheng, losing 6-4, 6-2 during second round action at Wimbledon on Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Serena Williams, meanwhile, had little drama in a 6-1, 6-4 pounding of Hungary's Melinda Czink and the four-time Wimbledon champ will take on Zheng in the third round.

The top-seeded Maria Sharapova finished off Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in a match that was suspended on Wednesday because of darkness.

Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, had won the first set and was ahead in the second when play was halted Wednesday. Pironkova, a semifinalist two years ago and a quarterfinalist last year at the All England Club, made the reigning French Open champ work on Thursday.

Pironkova won the second set in a tiebreaker before Sharapova dominated the third and advanced with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-0 triumph. The top-ranked Russian will next face Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh in the third round.

Eighth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany posted a 7-5, 6-3 win over Russian Ekaterina Makarova and will next play 28th-seeded American Christina McHale, who recorded a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Frenchwoman Mathilde Johansson.

Italy's Sara Errani, the 10th seed and French Open runner-up, cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Britain's Anne Keothavong, while fellow Italian Roberta Vinci also moved on with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Marina Erakovic of New Zealand.

Defending champion Petra Kvitova is also slated for action later Thursday against Britain's Elena Baltacha, while second-seeded Victoria Azarenka will meet Switzerland's Romina Oprandi.


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