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Sharapova remorseless after dishing out double-bagel defeat to tearful British qualifier Dart

Maria Sharapova was in a ruthless mood following her demolition of Harriet Dart in round one of the Australian Open.

Russian star Maria Sharapova beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in Australia overnight.
Russian star Maria Sharapova beat Harriet Dart 6-0, 6-0 in Australia overnight.

MARIA SHARAPOVA HAD no compassion for Harriet Dart after the Russian star inflicted a double-bagel defeat on her beleaguered opponent at the Australian Open.

Former world number one Sharapova barely raised a sweat in her 6-0 6-0 rout of British qualifier Dart in Melbourne on Monday.

Dart left Rod Laver Arena in tears following the 63-minute demolition but five-time grand slam champion Sharapova had no sympathy for the 22-year-old post-match.

“I mean, there is no time for that, I’m sorry to say,” Sharapova – the 30th seed – told reporters afterwards. “Not when you’re playing the first round of a grand slam.

“I have been in many positions, last year [at] Wimbledon [I] came out against a qualifier that played really well. 

“There is no doubt that my level wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but she was there to take the match.

“The youngsters are coming up and they’ll eventually take our place but not just yet, we want a little more time.”

Sharapova, who won the Australian Open in 2008, will meet Swede Rebecca Peterson in the second round.

- Omni

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