Qatar Open: Serena, Sharapova advance to third round

Serena Williams defeated Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova while Maria Sharapova downed French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

updated: February 13, 2013 10:18 IST
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Qatar: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, dominating their opponents with straight-set victories.

Williams, who will regain the No. 1 ranking if she reached the semifinals, showed no signs of the back or ankle injuries that troubled her at the Australian Open during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

"I have it heavily taped. As long as the tape doesn't get loose, it feels really good," the 15-time Grand Slam winner said. "Physically feeling better is so good, and hopefully I can stay on that level."

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