Sidelined from the U.S. Open and the latter part of last
season with an injury to her right shoulder, the Russian
released some pent-up frustration by roaring into a 4-0 lead to
leave 41st-ranked Mattek-Sands reeling under the lights of Rod
After clinching an early break in the second set, third seed
Sharapova wobbled to allow her opponent back into the game but
the American double-faulted at 4-4 to concede the decisive
break, allowing the Russian to serve out and seal the match with
a booming serve.
Sharapova next plays 44th-ranked Italian Karin Knapp.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; editing by Tony Jimenez)
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