Sharapova joins charge of easy center court winners

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova joined a stampede of easy center court winners at the U.S. Open on Thursday when the former champion trampled Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 6-1 6-2 to reach the third round.

The 2006 Open winner did not face a single break point in her demolition of 68th-ranked Benesova who contributed 26 unforced errors to her own demise.

Wearing a black and blue ensemble, the 14th-seeded Sharapova bruised the Czech’s defense with 16 winners, including three aces.

The Russian, who followed women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki and five-time U.S. men’s winner Roger Federer with an easy straight-sets win on center court, will next play American wildcard Beatrice Capra, who upset 18th seed Aravane Rezai of France.

Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue