Maria Sharapova beats Teamn GB's Laura Robson under the Centre Court


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Maria Sharapova came out on top in a fierce battle with 18-year-old home favourite Laura Robson under the Centre Court roof to set up a rematch with Sabine Lisicki in the third round.

Robson, who will play in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray, traded blow for blow with the third seed in the first set in particular before going down 7-6 (7/5) 6-3.

Sharapova enjoyed the atmosphere, despite the majority of the crowd cheering for her opponent.

"You feel the energy," she said. "I feel like the Wimbledon crowd is a little more polite, a little calmer. There are a lot more flags here. I love the atmosphere."

"Obviously I was playing someone from Great Britain and most of the people were cheering for her. Still, in the back of my mind I heard my Russian cheers and my name being yelled in Russian, even though they were less than the Great British ones today."

She will next play Lisicki of Germany, who caused an upset by beating the Russian at Wimbledon earlier this summer.

"She's an extremely difficult opponent," said Sharapova. "I lost to her just a few weeks ago here at Wimbledon.

"She played at a really high level. I hope I'll change a few things around in order to change the result."