8 months Sharapova off to winning start at St. Petersburg Manilatimes |Sports
SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian star Maria Sharapova made a victorious debut at the WTA Saint Petersburg indoor tournament, beating Daria Gavrilova of Australia in straight sets on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The 31-year-old Sharapova prevailed 6-0, 6-4 in one hour 45 minutes to chalk up her third win in four head-to-head meetings with Russian-born Gavrilova. The unseeded Sharapova was in command from the start on the hard court of Sibur Arena, breaking her rival’s serve three times to take the opening set to love. Gavrilova broke in the second, but Sharapova, who is ranked 29th in the world, replied by breaking ... more