After making a victorious come back, the five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has been reached to the second round of the Mallorca Open. She has defeated Viktoria Kuzmova 7-6 (10/8), 6-0. Sharapova was not in the game from few months due to shoulder injury, but edged a tight opening set against Kuzmova before strolling through the second.
Victory on the grass will come as a timely boost to morale for Sharapova, with the start of Wimbledon now less than two weeks away. “It’s my first win in about three or four months,” Sharapova said afterwards. “It’s great to be here in Mallorca. What a great place to train and have a warm-up tournament. It’s been amazing for all of us here, and it’s just been nice to experience it for the first time.”
Angelique Kerber now awaits Sharapova in round two after the top-seeded German defeated Belgium’s Ysaline Bonaventure 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Sharapova’s own ranking has dipped to 86 during her absence, meaning the Russian needed a wildcard to enter the draw in Mallorca, her fourth tournament this year.
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20 September, 2019