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Sharapova storms past Kasatkina as Wimbledon champion Kerber falls

AFP  |  Montreal 

fired 25 winners past hapless Russian compatriot in a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the Montreal WTA event on Wednesday, but Angelique Kerber's first match since capturing title ended in a sobering defeat.

Sharapova needed just 66 minutes to see off 12th-seeded Kasatkina in an impressive and timely display of big-hitting with the getting underway in just under three weeks' time.

"I came on court having a lot of respect for my opponent because she's up and coming but has already established herself," said the 31-year-old Sharapova.

"I knew I had a tough match ahead of me. I was focused from the beginning and I finished it that way."

Kasatkina, 21, managed just three winners in the match.

Sharapova next faces French sixth seed for a place in the quarter-finals.

Five-time major winner Sharapova leads the head-to-head against Garcia 4-1 but the French won their only meeting in the last three years on clay in in April.

World number four Kerber, playing for the first time since defeating in last month's final, slumped to a 6-4, 6-1 loss to of

German left-hander Kerber committed 32 unforced errors against the 34th-ranked Cornet in her 85-minute second round exit. Cornet, 28, goes on to face of in the third round. It was her second successive victory against Kerber having also triumphed on hard courts in last year.

"It was my first match after three weeks now," said Kerber.

"It's not always so easy to change the surface. I think I need a little bit more time to get used to hard courts again."

Barty, the Australian 15th seed, defeated Belgium's 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 while recently-married Czech ninth seed suffered a 6-2, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Kiki Bertens of the

Fifth seed and defending champion went through to the third round after in-form Romanian opponent was forced to retire with an

Svitolina was leading 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 4-3 when the weekend champion turned her ankle and was forced to leave the court in a wheelchair and in floods of tears.

"Very tough to see players getting injured that badly on court. I wish @MikiBuzarnescu a veryyyy speedy recovery! Stay strong!," tweeted Svitolina.

champion and third seed also made the third round by seeing off home hope 6-0, 6-2.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 09:55 IST