Top seed Maria Sharapova eased into the fourth round at Wimbledon with a comfortable win over Su-Wei Hsieh yesterday.
The French Open champion and world No 1 broke serve three times in the opening set and then recovered from a break behind in the first game of the second to take the match 6-1 6-4.
Sharapova’s reward for beating the 26-year-old Chinese Taipei player is a fourth-round meeting on Monday with Germany’s Sabine Lisicki – the player she beat at the semi-final stage last year.
Lisicki, the 15th seed this year, secured her passage into the last 16 with a 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 6-2 win over Sloane Stephens on Court Three.
Sharapova said of her win over Hsieh: “She was a tricky opponent.
“She changed the pace really well and her serve is really tricky. The conditions were tough, I had to face a lot out there and be patient.
“The wind was tricky but I knew I had to handle it.”
The 25-year-old is relishing the match-up with Lisicki in the next round.
“That’s a tough one,” Sharapova said. “She did extremely well last year. She is a very good player on grass and I look forward to it.”
Sharapova had earlier joined the debate on equal pay, hitting out at Gilles Simon over his claim that men deserve to be paid more.
Sharapova offered a cold rebuke, saying: “I’m sure there are a few more people that watch my matches than his.
“We women have fought so long to get equal prize money. It was a big challenge and nobody really supported us.
Germany’s Angelique Kerber defeated American Christina McHale 6-2 6-3 in their third-round match and will face Clijsters next, while Holland’s Arantxa Rus, who knocked out former No 1 Caroline Wozniacki in round one, was easily defeated 6-1 6-2 by China’s Shuai Peng.
Maria Kirilenko also made light work of her third-round match, beating Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-3 6-1. She will now face Peng in the fourth round.
Camila Giorgi beat 20th seed Nadia Petrova on Court Three.
The unseeded Italian won 6-3 7-6 (8/6) to line up a meeting with Radwanska in the fourth round.
Jana Cepelova came from a set down to move into the third round with a 6-7 (9/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 win over Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Wimbledon results: Page 5