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Sharapova advances at Wimbledon

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia Saturday beat Japan's Ai Sugiyama 6-3, 6-3 in a third-round match at Wimbledon.

The start of Saturday's play was delayed by rain, which later washed out all men's matches.

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Also Saturday, defending women's champion Amelie Mauresmo of France, the fourth seed, topped Italy's Mara Santangelo 6-1, 6-2.

Both matches were interrupted by rain, with six other women's matches suspended until Monday.

No matches are scheduled Sunday.

"It's a weird situation, because you know the rain is coming," said the 20-year-old Sharapova, a two-time Grand Slam champion.

She won Wimbledon three years ago.

"You're just thinking you might be a match point up and you have to go and wait to finish the match. It's a little bit of a tense moment."

Mauresmo, also a two-time major titlist, beat Justine Henin in both last year's Wimbledon and Australian Open finals.

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