Sharapova overcomes shaky start to beat McHale in Rome

Clyde Nash
May 16, 2017

Maria Sharapova's unique brand of high-volume hitting will return to Wimbledon in some form this summer after she earned enough points to guarantee a place in the qualifying event.

In other action on Monday in Rome, Daria Kasatkina was forced to retire after she rolled her left ankle in the second set of her match against Barbora Strycova.

"Winning matches will get me places, so if that's where it got me, then I will take it". "I'll focus on my match, I'm playing tomorrow", Sharapova said; "But nothing is a disappointment after being away from the game for 15 months".

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Her 6-4 6-2 win over the North American world No. 58 was not always straightforward, as she found herself down a break on multiple occasions in the first set, but she will now have her sights set on breaking the top 100 so she can reach the main draw at Wimbledon without requiring a wildcard. The German two-time Grand Slam champion was forced to quit while trailing Canadian Eugenie Bouchard but arrived in Rome on Sunday ready to play in the last big claycourt event before Roland Garros begins on May 28. But the rhythm steadied as the experienced Sharapova pegged back her opponent and got to work to sweep the first set from the back foot.

Sharapova won the next two games and although McHale broke back to make it 5-2, Sharapova took the next game to clinch victory.

"At this point it's week to week".

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"I know the score shows it was 6-1 in the third, but it doesn't feel like that at all", Pavlyuchenkova told press after the two hour and thirty-five minute match.

"I would love to experience those feelings again". In the ATP men's first round, ninth seed David Goffin beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4 and American Sam Querrey upset French 11th seed Lucas Pouille 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (10/8).

"I know it does seem very convenient timing, but it is actually unrelated, genuinely unrelated, and we know that qualifying needs to continue to be improved, just like we improve facilities here at the Championships", he said.

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Halep got back on track in the decider, opening up a 5-2 lead and closed out the match comfortably to grab her 15th career title. Petersburg, and has been runner-up at Acapulco and last week in Stuttgart, falling to Laura Siegemund 7-6 in the third set.

Australia's Bernard Tomic was knocked out, however, going down in three sets to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4.

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