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Tennis: Sharapova rallies to move on in Montreal

Published on Aug 7, 2014 6:13 AM
Maria Sharapova reacts as she won against Garbine Muguruza on day three of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTREAL (AFP) - French Open champion Maria Sharapova rallied for a three-set victory over Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday to reach the third round of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Montreal.

The fourth-seeded former world number one fought back to beat the rising Spanish talent 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a meeting with another Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Sharapova, playing her first match since a surprise last 16 exit at Wimbledon, was a runner-up at this event in 2009 when it was held in Toronto.

Meanwhile, sixth-seeded German left-hander Angelique Kerber made short work of France's Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-1 and 11th-seeded former world number one Caroline Wozniacki steamrolled Czech Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2.

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