'Focus always on next point'

Melbourne: A rampaging Maria Sharapova became the first player in 28 years to dole out consecutive double bagels at a Grand Slam on Wednesday, but said her tally of major titles was the only statistic worth worrying about.

The second seed left opponent Misaki Doi of Japan struggling to hold back tears after a 6-0, 6-0 humiliation completed in 47 minutes at Hisense Arena, two days after inflicting the same scoreline on fellow Russian Olga Puchkova in the first round.

"I didn't offer candy today," Sharapova, who launched a sweet making business last year, said. "It's not really the statistic I want to be known for. I want to be known for winning grand slam titles, not that I won two matches 6-0, 6-0."

Sharapova, bidding for a fifth major trophy and a second Down Under, has spent only 102 minutes on court at Melbourne Park so far but will face a much stiffer test against seven-times grand slam champion Venus Williams in the next round.

"My focus is always on the next point and to try to win as many of them as possible," said Sharapova, who suffered neck and collarbone pain in the lead-up but was in full flight as she unleashed 16 raking winners.

"When you have your chances and opportunities, little doors that open up, you try to take them.

"I don't want anyone to know what score it is on the scoreboard just by looking at my face or my attitude. I try to play every single point like I really need to win it."

The diminutive Doi resembled a rabbit caught in the headlights, despite the wishes of one sympathetic fan who repeatedly urged fans to clap their support.

By the closing stage of the second set, fans were roaring ironic approval at every point stolen from the Russian.

With drooping shoulders, Doi was ushered into a room of Japanese reporters where she slumped into a chair with her head in her hands before talking about her ordeal. She said she thought Sharapova could win the tournament in her current form, and hoped that she would.

"I didn't know how I could get a point or a game. It was very tough," said Doi, her voice barely raising above a whisper.

Sharapova's victory ensured she would have good news to report on her new Twitter account, having finally joined the social media network two days before.

The glamorous Russian has already drawn more than 60,000 followers after posting her first tweet:"Your ultimate sugarmama has arrived."

"There are a lot of things I'm still learning about," she said."I'm just starting to follow things and people. Now I'm learning how to, is it hashtag things, right? That was a new one for me.

"But it's interesting. I mean, I won't be doing it like every single minute. I won't be telling people what I'm eating. I think that's very non-interesting.

"But when I do have things to say, I'm sure I will. Last night I was watching this match I really wanted to say something about the commentating going on, but I really bit my tongue on that one."

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