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Oz Open: Maria Sharapova crashes Petra Martic's birthday celebrations

 Maria Sharapova ruined Petra Martic`s 24th birthday on Monday by recording a 6-4 6-1 victory to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.

Oz Open: Maria Sharapova crashes Petra Martic's birthday celebrations

Melbourne: Maria Sharapova ruined Petra Martic`s 24th birthday on Monday by recording a 6-4 6-1 victory to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.

Sharapova ran hot and cold in the first set, taking a 5-2 lead only for the Croatian to battle back to 5-4 and holding a break point to get the match back on serve before Sharapova held and then broke to seal the set in 43 minutes.

The Russian five-times grand slam champion faced some staunch resistance from the 184th-ranked Croatian in the second set despite the one-sided scoreline, but was mostly able to convert the crucial points when they mattered.

Sharapova will now meet compatriot Alexandra Panova in the second round after she beat Romania`s Sorana Cirstea 7-5 6-0.

From Zee News

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