Wimbledon 2013: Maria Sharapova into second round

Maria Sharapova came through a tough battle with France's Kristina Mladenovic on Monday to make it into the second round at Wimbledon.

updated: June 24, 2013 21:42 IST
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London: Maria Sharapova shrugged off her public Wimbledon spat with Serena Williams to come through an equally fierce challenge out on court as she battled her way into the second round on Monday.

The 2004 Wimbledon champion was given a stern test by France's up-and-coming Kristina Mladenovic but the Russian third seed eventually triumphed in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win on Centre Court.

"I'm really pleased with this performance," Sharapova said.

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