Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years

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first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Daria Gavrilova of Australia in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Maria 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.ADVERTISEMENT 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.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRussian 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. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacers’ Victor Oladipo undergoes surgery for ruptured quad tendon Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIESlast_img

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