Maria Sharapova advances

Updated: April 25, 2012, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- Second-ranked Maria Sharapova began her clay court season on Wednesday by reaching the quarterfinals of the Porsche Grand Prix when her opponent Alize Cornet of France retired with a shoulder injury.

The Russian was leading 6-3, 1-0 when qualifier Cornet quit because of the right shoulder injury.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark advanced to the second round when Jelena Jankovic of Serbia also retired with an identical score of 6-3, 1-0 in Wozniacki's favor.

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