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Maria Sharapova reaches second round

Updated: August 11, 2010, 12:22 AM ET
Associated Press

MASON, Ohio -- Maria Sharapova shook off a lackluster second set and beat fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the Cincinnati Women's Open.

Kuznetsova moved to No. 14 in the rankings after winning in San Diego last week, one above Sharapova, but Sharapova used a 31-11 advantage in winners to overcome 39 unforced errors in her Cincinnati debut. Kuznetsova committed only 17.

Sharapova said she lost a little focus after the first set.

"I ...

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