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Maria Sharapova advances in Tokyo

Updated: September 26, 2011, 8:53 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Maria Sharapova defeated Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-2, 7-5 Monday in a second-round match at the Pan Pacific Open played under the roof because of rain.

After taking the first set in 30 minutes behind a blistering forehand, the second-seeded Russian quickly went up 3-0 in the second set before faltering. Tanasugarn suddenly came to life, breaking in the fourth game and winning five of the next seven games to make it 5-5.

Sharapova dug in during the 11th game, however, ...

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