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Sharapova overpowers Mattek-Sands in clash of styles

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the grand slam spotlight with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands in what was a clash of styles in more way than one at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The third seed, wearing a sleek pale blue dress, was made to work hard for her passage into the second round and lost her service twice as her American opponent mixed things up with her all-court game.

Tennis: Sharapova into Australian Open second round

Third seed Maria Sharapova clawed into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she seeks her first Grand Slam title since the 2012 French Open. The glamorous Russian, on the comeback trail from a shoulder injury that forced her off the tour in August, battled past the American 6-3, 6-4 but her game was marred by errors and a serve that failed to fire. mp/th

Tennis: Sharapova battles into second round

Third seed Maria Sharapova clawed her way into the Australian Open second round Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she seeks her first Grand Slam title since the 2012 French Open. The glamorous Russian, on the comeback trail from a shoulder injury that forced her off the tour in August, battled past the tough American 6-3, 6-4 but her game was marred by too many errors and a serve that failed to fire. "After (missing) my last Grand Slam in New York I have been so looking forward to this one and I was really happy to start," she said.

Serena could face Stosur in fourth round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams will play Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty in the first round of the Australian Open as she bids for her 18th grand slam title and sixth at Melbourne Park. The American's draw lines her up for a potentially tough fourth-round clash with Sam Stosur, who beat Williams in the 2011 U.S. Open final. Two-times defending champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded second, will take on Swede Johanna Larsson according to the draw released on Friday.

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro beats Russia's Makarova in Sydney

International Sports Desk, Jan 7 (EFE).- Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Apia International tournament in Sydney, Australia. The next opponent for Suarez Navarro, who is seeded 11th at the tournament, will be Germany's Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Kerber, the No. 5 seed, beat Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. The 25-year-old Suarez Navarro, who is ranked 16th in the world, is the highest-ranked Spanish women's tennis player.

Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro beats Russia's Makarova in Sydney

International Sports Desk, Jan 7 (EFE).- Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Apia International tournament in Sydney, Australia. The next opponent for Suarez Navarro, who is seeded 11th at the tournament, will be Germany's Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Kerber, the No. 5 seed, beat Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. The 25-year-old Suarez Navarro, who is ranked 16th in the world, is the highest-ranked Spanish women's tennis player.

Tennis: Mattek-Sands upsets top seed Radwanska in Sydney

American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands dumped top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska out of the Sydney International on Tuesday. Mattek-Sands, ranked 48, upset the world number five 7-5, 6-2 in just over 90 minutes to disrupt Radwanska's lead-up to next week's Australian Open in Melbourne. Radwanska's defeat was the first time since 1998 that the women's titleholder has lost her opening match in Sydney.

Tennis: Brisbane International Results

Results from the first day of the Brisbane International tennis tournament on Sunday (X denotes seed): Women First Round Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) bt Olivia Rogowska (AUS) 6-3, 7-5 Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-3, 6-3 Sabine Lisicki (GER X7) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-3, 6-4 Stefanie Voegele (SUI) bt Madison Keys (USA) 6-4, 6-3 Andrea Petkovic (GER) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 6-4, 7-5 afp

Tennis: Lisicki cruises in heatwave conditions

Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki cruised into the second round of the Brisbane International with a straight-sets win over Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova on Sunday. Lisicki had no trouble with the Slovakian or the 42 degrees Celsius heat on Pat Rafter Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4 in 89 minutes. The popular German inflicted one of only four defeats on Serena Williams in 2013 when she shocked the world number one in the fourth round of Wimbledon. She went on to reach the final, where nerves appeared to get the better of her as she lost to France's Marion Bartoli.

Tennis: WTA Quebec City results

Results from the $235,000 WTA Bell Challenge on Thursday: 2nd rd Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) bt Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA x4) 7-5, 3-6, 4-1, ret afp
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