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    Maria Sharapova Wins First Round in Shenzhen Open

    Updated On 02 Jan, 2018 Published On

    Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova coasted through the first round of the Shenzhen Open on Monday,  winning her debut match against Romania´s world number 56 Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-0.

    The Russian dispatched her Romanian opponent in one hour and 20 minutes.

    Maria Sharapova started her Shenzhen Open with a win in the first round

    Maria Sharapova started her Shenzhen Open with a win in the first round

    Source: Dailymail

    Maria is playing her first full season after the 15-month doping ban forced her out of the game. She won straight sets with 18 winners to 20 unforced errors.

    Watch Maria play in the tournament below

    "It´s quite remarkable to see a full stadium for a first round," she said after the match. "It´s my first time here, so I didn´t know what to expect."

    Sharapova’s opponent in the second round will be American Alison Riske.

    Similarly, in another match in the same tournament, World number one Simona Halep defeated Nicole Gibbs 6-4, 6-1 in a one-sided match. Halep will face China's Duan Yingying in the next round.