Sharapova through in Rome

Sharapova moved into the quarter-finals at WTA Rome but some of the minor seeds crashed out at the first hurdle.


The Russian second seed eased through 7-5 7-5 against American Christina McHale, while fourth seed Petra Kvitova also went through with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Serena Williams is in action against Galina Voskoboeva in the late match on Tuesday.

Those were second-round clashes, with most other matches on day two in the opening round.

Seeds to fall were Sabine Lisicki of Germany, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Maria Kirilenko of Russia; they were beaten by Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta respectively.

Venus Williams is unseeded but beat beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-3 6-4, while 14th seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat Mirjana Lucic of Croatia 6-1 6-2.

More first-round results on Tuesday:

Karin Knapp (Italy) beat Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-4 2-6 6-2

Sara Errani (Italy) beat Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 6-0 3-0 (retired)

Nadia Petrova (Russia) beat Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) 6-3 6-3

Sloane Stephens (US) beat Anna Chakvetadze (Russia) 6-2 2-6 6-4

Silvia Soler Espinosa (Spain) beat Alberta Brianti (Italy) 6-2 6-1

Petra Cetkovska (Czech Republic) beat Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 7-5 6-4

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