Sharapova, Mauresmo Beat Rains at Wimbledon

Posted on July 1, 2007

Only two matches were completed Saturday at Wimbledon due to rain, with No. 2 Maria Sharapova through to the 4th round after a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 26 seed Ai Sugiyama, and No. 4 Amelie Mauresmo advancing after an easy 6-1, 6-2 romp over No. 28 seed Mara Santangelo.

Sugiyama tried to get her match with Sharapova postponed when a light drizzle began to fall but to no avail.

"It's not easy to make the decision to stop," Sugiyama said. "I couldn't really refuse to play. Yeah, not easy, that situation."

Matches suspended Saturday were (5) Svetlana Kuznetsova leading Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 4-3; (6) Ana Ivanovic leading Aravane Rezai 6-3; (11) Nadia Petrova leading Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-3, 3-1; (12) Elena Dementieva leading Tamira Paszek 6-3, 0-1; (14) Nicole Vaidisova leading Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 3-2; and (23) Venus Williams leading Akiko Morigami 6-2, 1-4.

No matches will be played during the traditional middle Sunday of rest at the All England Club.

At least some rain is in the forecast for Monday through Wednesday next week at Wimbledon.