St. Petersburg Open: Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years

first_imgSt. Petersburg Open: Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 yearsIn a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Maria Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set.advertisement Next Associated Press St. PetersburgJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 16:25 IST Maria Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSharapova defeated Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg OpenSharapova set up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria KasatkinaSharapova has never gone past the quarterfinals on Russian tour eventsMaria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.Sharapova won her only previous meeting with Kasatkina in straight sets in Montreal in August.Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round in St. Petersburg by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence.Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow St. Petersburg OpenFollow Maria SharapovaFollow Daria Kasatkinalast_img read more

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