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Sharapova cruises into Toronto second round

TORONTO, August 18 – Former world number one Maria Sharapova cruised into the second round of the WTA hardcourt tournament here Monday with a straight sets win over compatriot Nadia Petrova.
MARIA_SHARAPOVA_The 22-year-old downed 10th seeded Petrova 6-3, 6-4, her third win over Petrova this season.

It was another step forward for Sharapova, who had shoulder surgery last October, returned to singles competition in May and is now ranked 49th in the world.

It was shortly after she won a marathon match in the second round of this event last year, when it was in Montreal, that Sharapova said she had re-injured her serving shoulder and would have to withdraw, launching her 10-month injury absence from the WTA Tour.

In the second round she’ll face Austrian Sybille Bammer, a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 winner over Russian Anna Chakvetadze.

The top eight seeds, led by world number one and defending champion Dinara Safina, enjoy first-round byes in the two million-dollar US Open tuneup.

Aravane Rezai booked a second-round clash with Safina with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over fellow Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.

Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko set up a clash with Wimbledon runner-up Venus Williams – seeded third behind sister Serena – with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

Seeded French players Amelie Mauresmo and Marion Bartoli were both first round casualties.

Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine downed 13th-seeded Bartoli 6-4, 6-3, while Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone ousted 15th-seeded Mauresmo 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.

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Fourteenth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska moved safely through, downing Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-3.

Surging Aussie Samantha Stosur held off Canadian qualifier Heidi El Tabakh 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) to set up a meeting with French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the sixth seed.

Switzerland’s Patty Schnyder downed Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-1 to line up a shot at fifth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic, who beat Safina in the final at Cincinnati on Sunday.

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  1. doreen

    January 31, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Agreed,only that in 2007 there was no fair referee in the judiciary

  2. sisemikitu

    January 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I wish you argued a wee bit constructively or may be it was for luck of space or is it just sheer naivety? In Kenya’s case how do you depoliticize the civil service, security apparatus etc for the incumbent or favored contestants not to have an edge over the others? As much as the judiciary may be trying to disintangle itself from the Executive grasp, recent cases where the Police were reluctant to enforce warrant of arrests and their pronouncements smacks of remote control.How do you ensure that public resouces are not used to further others’ political interests and that penalties are enforced? How do you have democracies like Italy or Israel and even India, who have had uncountable government since WWII but have continued to thrive and laws can be enforced to the letter without exception and the public will not run into the streets?. This what I expected to read in your blog – a well reasoned piece on why there will always be outcry of rigging whether justified or not and root causes of this discontentment which at times may be historical – is it sheer perception or reality and how do you manage it?

  3. Jay-O

    February 1, 2013 at 8:57 am

    In the US, blatant rigging is minimal, even negligible. 2) In the US, the
    president is not directly responsible for resource allocation. 3) In developed
    countries (includes Japan, Italy) the working of systems (even the civil
    service) is independent of politics and who is in power. 4) In the US,
    the judiciary and the electoral commission are always independent.

  4. Raymond Bett

    February 1, 2013 at 11:17 am

    In a mature democracy some of these candidates would not be on a ballot paper. So start with a comparison with the likes of Ghana and so on

  5. Kwessi Pratt

    February 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    In mature democracies criminal suspects cant think of being candidates! What happens if somebody goes to court claiming integrity chapter was not met by some candidates and thus, the elections would been null and void?

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