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Sharapova among the winners at Madrid

MADRID, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Martina Hingis were winners Wednesday at the Sony Ericsson Championships WTA tennis tournament in Madrid.

Sharapova -- the event's second seed, and this year's U.S. Open champion -- topped sixth-seeded Belgian Kim Clijsters, 6-4, 6-4. Kuznetsova, the French Open runner-up, beat seventh-seeded fellow Russian Elena Dementieva (0-2), 7-5, 6-3. No. 8 Hingis beat fifth-seeded Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

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Sharapova broke Clijsters' serve three times and had 11 more winners (24-13).

Hingis broke Petrova's serve five times. Petrova, who knocked off world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, had seven double faults against Hingis.

The tournament includes the top-eight women in the world, divided into two groups.

Mauresmo (0-1), Justine Henin-Hardenne (0-1), Petrova (1-1) and Hingis (1-0) make up the "Yellow Group." The "Red Group" consists of Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Clijsters and Dementieva.

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