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Sharapova advances in straight sets at Italian Open

May 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM   |   Comments

ROME, May 15 (UPI) -- Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova posted a solid straight-set win Wednesday at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome.

Sharapova, seeded second this week, routed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2 without seeing a break point. Sharapova lost just 10 points -- two on double faults -- in her eight games serving.

Sharapova will go against 16th-seeded Sloane Stephens in the third round. Stephens was a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner over Kiki Bertens by saving all three break points she saw in the third set and cashing in two of her own three opportunities.

No. 3-seeded Victoria Azarenka completed the day's schedule with an efficient 6-2, 6-0 romp over Julie Goerges. Azarenka won three-quarters of the points on serve and 65 percent overall.

Fifth-seed Li Na, who lost to Sharapova in last year's Italian Open final, beat countrywoman Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Sara Errani escaped a three-set challenge from Christina McHale 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. No. 9-seeded Samantha Stosur beat Peng Shuai 7-6 (7-5), 6-0.

Other seeded winners Wednesday were No. 12 Maria Kirilenko, 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci and No. 14 Dominika Cibulkova, whose 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 win over Melanie Oudin put Cibulkova into the third round against world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Other winners were Carla Suarez Navarro, Lourdes Dominquez and Jelena Jankovic.

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