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Sharapova kicks off Italian Open with victory over Barty

IANS  |  Rome 

Three-time Italian Open champion of on Tuesday battled past Australia's 16th-seeded 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, in the first round of this year's tourney here.

Participating for the 10th time in the tournament, the Russian needed two hours and 32 minutes to eliminate world No.6 Barty, reports

Sharapova, the world's No. 40, is set to play the second round on Wednesday against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, who defeated Italy's

The Russian has won three of her six clashes with Cibulkova.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 06:48 IST
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