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Tennis: Serena, Sharapova cruise in Madrid, Djokovic withdraws

Published on May 5, 2014 5:59 AM
Serena Williams returns a shot to Maria Sharapova of Russia during the Sony Open at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 27, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased through their Madrid openers on Sunday but Novak Djokovic withdrew with the right wrist injury which could compromise his French Open dream.

World number one Williams began the defence of her Madrid Open title with a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Swiss 17-year-old Belinda Bencic while Sharapova was equally untroubled in a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Czech Klara Koukalova.

Djokovic, the world number two who had been targeting Rafael Nadal’s number one ranking, was forced to pull out after failing to recover from his ongoing wrist injury.

The six-time Grand Slam champion suffered the injury in losing to Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Monte Carlo Masters a fortnight ago.

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