Sharapova battles into second round

Maria Sharapova did not have it all her own way but eventually made it through to the second round of the Strasbourg International.

The top-seeded Sharapova ousted fellow Russian Regina Kulikova 6-3 3-6 6-1 on the opening day of the clay-court event.

The only Frenchwoman in action today also went through, as Alize Cornet brushed aside Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei 6-3 6-3.

Anastasia Rodionova came from behind to beat Japan’s Ayumi Morita 2-6 6-3 7-5, while Vania King went through with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Elena Vesnina.

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