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Sharapova, Mauresmo win at Wimbledon

June 26, 2007 at 3:52 PM

WIMBLEDON, England, June 26 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Maria Sharapova and defending champion Amelie Mauresmo each notched straight-set first-round victories Tuesday at Wimbledon.

Sharapova got past Yung-Jan Chan 6-1, 7-5 in her first match of the 2007 grass-court Grand Slam tournament. Sharapova won the Wimbledon women's title in 2004.

Mauresmo, who missed much of the spring recovering from an appendectomy but still seeded fourth this year, faced just one break point and blitzing Jamea Jackson 6-1, 6-3.

Also Tuesday, third-seeded Jelena Jankovic was extremely sharp in a 6-2, 6-0 romp over Anne Keothavong while eighth-seeded Anna Chakvetadze dumped Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 and No. 10-seeded Daniela Hantuchova needed just 40 minutes to eliminate Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-0, 6-1.

No. 23-seeded Venus Williams rallied from a 2-6, 0-2 deficit to defeat Alla Kudryavtseva 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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