SONY OPEN TENNIS
Sharapova Blasts Past Bouchard In Opener
Second seed Maria Sharapova maintained her rich vein of form at the Sony Open Tennis Friday evening, routing wild card Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-0 in Miami.
In a match that started late due to a rain delay, and was interrupted by a power outage, Sharapova came out of the blocks to overwhelm the 19-year-old Canadian, taking 23 of her 27 first serve points and breaking Bouchard five times to win her opener in just 57 minutes.
Sharapova is coming off her first title of the season in Indian Wells, where she lifted the trophy without dropping a set. The Russian is a four-time finalist at Crandon Park, including the past two years. Should she win her first title at the WTA Premier Mandatory Event, Sharapova could regain the WTA No. 1 ranking, if Serena Williams fails to reach the quarterfinals.
In the third round, Sharapova will clash with countrywoman Elena Vesnina. The 29th seed eased past qualifier Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-2.
Alize Cornet turned the tide to defeat Laura Robson 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 36 minutes. Cornet, seeded 32nd, broke serve seven times, while Robson committed 17 double faults.
Eleventh seed Nadia Petrova brushed aside Jie Zheng 6-3, 6-1 in 70 minutes and will play 2008 finalist Jelena Jankovic in the third round. The 22nd seed defeated 17-year-old wild card Victoria Duval 6-3, 7-5.
Eighth-seeded Sara Errani completed women’s singles action just after midnight local time, posting a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Daniela Hantuchova. Errani has won a WTA-leading 22 tour-level matches in 2013.
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