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It was a missed opportunity she was made to rue as Lisicki broke serve again to wrap up the first set 6-3 in 33 minutes.
World number one Williams hit back with some thumping drives, though, and broke serve with a solid overhead after forcing Sharapova all over court.
The experienced Frenchman, world-ranked 332 and sensing an opportunity, broke serve at 4-5 to level the match and went on to win the final set 6-3.
The French Open champion and top seed broke serve three times in the opening set and then recovered from a break in the first game of the second to take the match 6-1 6-4.
In a match interrupted by a rain delay for about a half-hour early in the third set, Ferrer broke serve 10 times and played much cleaner tennis, making 32 unforced errors, 27 fewer than Murray.
Their first round match lasted a little over an hour and was settled when they broke serve in the 11th game of the second set, before holding serve to wrap up the victory.
Robson broke serve decisively to move 4-2 in front, and held her serve to complete victory in the second-round match.
Wawrinka's attacking style gave Murray problems from the start and, after he saved four break points in game two, he broke serve in the following game and moved impressively to 5-2 with six aces and 20 winners.
Murray, who yesterday crushed in-form David Nalbandian, bringing the Argentinian's 11-game winning streak to a shuddering halt, broke serve once in the first set and twice in the second, in which he immediately reasserted his authority after Nadal had threatened to mount a comeback.
Battling Murray broke serve once in the first set and twice in the second to stamp out any threat of a comeback from Nadal.
Although the third set was a lot tighter, the French resistance was finally broken when the inspired Scot broke serve in the ninth game.
Despite struggling with the heat and glare from the sun, Williams then won the third game and broke serve in the next before moving into a 4-1 lead, before closing out the set.