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Williams, Sharapova, Stephens advance in Doha

Updated: February 12, 2013, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, dominating their opponents with straight-set victories.

Williams, who will regain the No. 1 ranking if she reached the semifinals, showed no signs of the back or ankle injuries that troubled her at the Australian Open during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

"I have it heavily taped. As long as the tape doesn't get loose, it feels really good," the 15-time ...

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