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Sharapova advances at Italian Open

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Rome, May 16: Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova began the Italian Open with a win over American rival Christi McHale in the first round of the tourment.

Sharapova on Monday achieved a clear 6-4, 6-2 victory over McHale in one hour and 37 minutes, reports Efe.

She had previously beaten McHale at the 2014 Italian Open second round.

The Russian player’s last appearance at the Italian Open was in 2015, when she took the title after beating Spanish Carla Suarez.

Sharapova was recently elimited by Cadian Eugenie Bouchard from the second round of the 2017 Madrid Open.

The five-time Grand Slam winner will play the second round against Croatian Mirja Lucic-Baroni, who defeated Czech Lucie Safarova earlier on Monday. IANS

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