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Maria Sharapova wins first match at U.S. Open
Maria Sharapova wins first match at U.S. Open

Maria Sharapova followed up a flashy opening night ceremony on center court at the U.S. Open with some flashy tennis of her own Monday. Sharapova, a five-time major tournament winner, who is seeded No. 5 here, dropped behind in the first set, 4-2. Her opponent was her longtime friend from Russia, Maria Kirilenko, who was one of three players ever to beat Sharapova in her 44 opening-round Grand Slam tournament matches. That was the last time that happened, in 2010 at the Australian Open, and Sharapova was clearly determined not to have a repeat. So she merely ran off the next 10 games and won, 6-4, 6-0. “It’s tough to start here in New York City,” she said afterward....

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