Tennis-Open-Sharapova survives scare to advance into round three

Reuters

Thu, 26 May 17:58:00 2011

Former world number one Maria Sharapova battled back from a torrid start against French teenager Caroline Garcia to book her place in the French Open third round with a 3-6 6-4 6-0 victory on Thursday.

Sharapova's play was littered with errors as she trailed 6-3 4-1 but 17-year-old Garcia collapsed as the Russian seventh seed eventually upped the tempo and hit her stride.

Three-times grand slam champion Sharapova, looking for her first title on the Paris clay, had too much experience in the end for the world number 188 who was playing only her fourth match on the main tour.

The court Philippe Chatrier crowd, sniffing an upset, turned up the volume midway through the second set, but Sharapova romped through the last 11 games.

 

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