Maria Sharapova advances

Updated: September 1, 2011, 1:08 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEW YORK -- Maria Sharapova had nowhere near as tough a time with her second-round match in the U.S. Open as she did with her first.

The third-seeded Russian beat Anastasia Yakimova 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday night in 70 minutes -- a far cry from the more than 2½ hours she needed in a three-set win over Heather Watson in her opener two days before.

After a bit of a slow start, Sharapova turned it into a mismatch. She had 28 winners to two for her opponent. She won 59 ...

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