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Wimbledon: The queen has gone but Sharapova, Murray stick around

June 24, 2010 |  7:40 am

Queen Elizabeth II watched Andy Murray make quick work of Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Centre Court, then she gave the royal wave to thousands of fans who lined Wimbledon walkways and took her leave of the tennis. Murray's 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win gave the queen plenty of opportunity to applaud, and both Nieminen and Murray bowed in her direction.

On Court 1, without any royalty in attendance, Maria Sharapova was generally untroubled in her second-round 6-1, 6-4 win over Ioana Raluca Olaru of Romania. Sharapova, seeded 16th, said she felt healthy and pleased with her game so far and also said she probably hasn't practiced 10 hours since she's been here. That's how long John Isner and Nicolas Mahut have been playing so far in their first-round Wimbledon match that is tied at 59-59 and is about to resume out on Court 18.

-- Diane Pucin