Australia Open: Maria Sharapova advances to second round

World No. 3 Maria Sharapova registered a straight-sets win over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

updated: January 14, 2014 20:20 IST
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Melbourne: Third seed Maria Sharapova clawed her way into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday with a straight-sets win over Bethanie Mattek-Sands as she seeks her first Grand Slam title since the 2012 French Open. (Click here for latest on Australian Open)

The glamorous Russian, on the comeback trail from a shoulder injury that forced her off the tour in August, battled past the tough American 6-3, 6-4 but her game was marred by too many errors and a serve that failed to fire.

"After (missing) my last Grand Slam in New York I have been so looking forward to this one and I was really happy to start," she said. (Also read: Federer marches into second round)

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