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Maria Sharapova survives 1st round

Updated: April 23, 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed 3 hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday.

Sharapova, who is bidding to win the tournament for the third time in a row, next faces fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Latvian qualifier Diana Marcinkevica 6-3, 6-2.

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