Maria Sharapova Fights Back to Enter Madrid Masters Third Round

Maria Sharapova was trailing 4-1 in the final set, but she fought back to beat Christina McHale 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Madrid Masters.

updated: May 06, 2014 20:34 IST
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Madrid: Maria Sharapova avoided an early exit from the Madrid Masters on Tuesday, rallying to beat Christina McHale to reach the third round.

Trailing 4-1 in the final set, Sharapova steadied her erratic service game and took command again to beat the 56th-ranked American 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory on clay at the Magic Box.

Earlier, Li Na continued her recent dominance of Zheng Jie by easing into the third round 6-2, 6-3 for her fourth straight victory against her fellow Chinese player. Zheng hasn't won a set from the second-ranked Li since her last victory in 2006.

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