Sharapova escapes upset at Kremlin Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Top-ranked Maria Sharapova avoided losing her first professional match in her homeland yesterday when Germany's Ana-Lena Groenefeld retired injured.

Moscow:

Top-ranked Maria Sharapova avoided losing her first professional match in her homeland yesterday when Germany's Ana-Lena Groenefeld retired injured while leading 6-1, 4-2 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup. Sharapova won just seven points on her serve in the first set, losing six consecutive games. The Russian saved two break points in the sixth game in the second set before Groenefeld twisted her left ankle. Groenefld tried to continue after receiving treatment, but retired after serving two double faults. In the men's first-round action, France's Cyril Saulnier rallied to upset second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 46, 6-3, 6-3. Earlier, two-time defending champion Anastasia Myskina of Russia and former winner Mary Pierce of France both staged comebacks. Third-seeded Pierce, the 1998 champion, beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. (AP)

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