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Maria Sharapova triumphs in Tianjin Open first round

Maria Sharapova finally opened her account at the WTA Tianjin Open after two days of rain played havoc with the schedule.

The five-time Grand Slam champion took a wildcard into the event, easing past No. 9 seed Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets, overcoming a first break by the Romanian to win 6-4, 6-2.

There was less good news for two-time Wimbledon champion and No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova who was beaten by home hope Zhu Lin 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.

Sara Errani, who is returning from a two-month suspension for a failed drugs test earlier in the year, worked her way up through the qualifying rounds before her a straight sets win over Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1.

She was suspended after unknowingly ingesting letrozole, found in her mother’s cancer medication, which inadvertently contaminated a home-cooked batch of tortellini.

With the rain delays, the eventual finalists will have to play five days in a row.

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