Sharapova into 3rd round in Doha

Sharapova into 3rd round in Doha
February 12, 2013, 12:57 pm
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Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after winning a point during her match against Caroline Garcia of France on the second day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)


DOHA, Qatar (AP) Maria Sharapova easily reached the third round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday, dispatching French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.

The third-ranked Russian, who won the tournament in her two previous appearances, broke Garcia twice to go up 3-0 in the first set. Garcia won the next two games but Sharapova then broke for a third time. The second set was on serve through the first five games until Sharapova broke for a 4-2 lead. She clinched the victory when the Frenchwoman hit a forehand long.

Sharapova was joined in the third round by 11th-ranked Marion Bartoli, who downed former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (5), 6-3.