Defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia has reached the third round of the Wimbledon tennis championships, but French Open men's champion Rafael Nadal of Spain is out of the grass-court event.
The second-seeded Sharapova took only 46 minutes to beat 15-year-old Bulgarian Sesil Karatantcheva, 6-0, 6-1. Sharapova next faces Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia, who ousted South Korea's Yoon Jeong Cho (7-5, 6-4).
In the men's draw, Nadal lost in four sets to unheralded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg (6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4). The fourth-seeded Spaniard was making only his second appearance at the All-England Club.
British Fans had their hearts broken when men's sixth seed Tim Henman lost a five-set match to Russian Dmitry Tursunov (3-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6). It was the second time in 10 years that the Briton has been eliminated from the second round of the
Former champion Venus Williams of the United States also advanced with a win over Nicole Pratt of Australia, 7-5, 6-3. Williams next faces Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, the 20th seed, who beat Shahar Peer of Israel in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-3).
Other winners Thursday included 16th-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France, Cara Black of Zimbabwe, Eleni Daniilidou of Greece and American Jill Craybas.
Some information for this report provided by AP.