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Maria Sharapova Beats Tsvetana Pironkova In 3 Sets At Wimbledon

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Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during a second round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a return to Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during a second round women's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, England, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

WIMBLEDON, England — Maria Sharapova overcame a second-set blip before finishing off Tsvetana Pironkova 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-0 Thursday to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

The top-ranked Russian led 3-1 in the second set when the match was halted on Wednesday because of bad light, but she was broken in the first game when play resumed. She then sent a forehand long to give Pironkova the second set but overpowered the Bulgarian in the decider, reeling off six straight games in less than 30 minutes.

Sharapova is coming off her first French Open title, which completed a career Grand Slam. She's aiming for a second Wimbledon crown after winning in 2004 as a 17-year-old.

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