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Kaia Kanepi
Sharapova, Venus sail into China Open second round

BEIJING (Reuters) - Reigning French Open champion Maria Sharapova, former world number one Venus Williams and Australian Samantha Stosur sailed into the second round of the China Open with straight set victories on Sunday. Fourth seeded Sharapova committed six double faults compared to two by Kaia Kanepi but still downed the Estonian 6-4 6-1 in 90 minutes. Sixteenth seeded Williams shrugged off a slow start to overcome Heather Watson 6-3 6-1 in their first encounter. "Heather was playing really well," seven-times grand slam winner Williams, who dropped the first three games in the opening set, said of her opponent. "I mean, the first games she didn't miss a serve...