by Helen Earnshaw |
Maria Sharapova made light work of Anna Chakvetadze in her opening round match as she dropped just three games on her way to a 6-2 6-1 victory.
The former champion is arguably in the best shape since winning the title after coming back from a shoulder injury last year.
Despite Chakvetadze being a former top five player she had no answer for Sharapova's aggressive play.
Speaking to the WTA after the match Sharapova said: "It was great to be back on Centre Court, considering I didn't play a warm-up tournament.
"I played against an opponent who has been Top 10 before. She hasn't had the best results this year, but you don't quite know what to expect. I was sure she'd come out and have nothing to lose.
"I thought she played a really good match, and I really had to step it up. I did a pretty good job of that."
Sharapova will now play either Angelique Kerber or Britain's Laura Robson in the second round.
Caroline Wozniacki also enjoyed a straight forward victory over Arantxa Parra Santonja as she breezed through 6-2 6-1
She will now face Virginie Razzano as the French woman saw off Sania Mirza in a much tougher match 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 6-3.
But the big shock of the day was to see Samantha Stosur crash out of the tournament in the opening round.
It's the second year a row that Stosur has lost in the opening match and she fell 6-3 6-4 to Melinda Czink.
Fifteenth seed Jelena Jankovic was another big named to fall in a tough three set match against María José Martínez Sánchez.
The former world number one took the opening set before the Spaniard hit back to win 5-7 6-4 6-3.
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