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Henin beats Chakvetadze in opener; Sharapova gets by Hantuchova

Updated: November 6, 2007, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Top-ranked Justine Henin began her title defense at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships on Tuesday with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over Anna Chakvetadze.

Maria Sharapova returned from a nearly three-week absence to beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-5 in the red group. It was the sixth-ranked Russian's first win since Aug. 31.

Henin, the French and U.S. Open champion, rallied in the tiebreaker against the seventh-ranked Russian in the first match of round-robin ...

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