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Sharapova Opens Australian Open with Double Bagel Over Puchkova

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova started out her Australian Open campaign with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over Olga Puchkova, spending just 55 minutes on court.

“It’s tough to feel completely satisfied,” Sharapova said. “You always want to improve on things and work on certain things that you feel will help you in the later rounds certainly towards the end of the second week. But overall I was happy with the way I started, considering I didn’t play any matches coming in.”

Venus Williams earned a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Galina Voskoboeva, while Sam Stosur ended a five match losing streak on Aussie soil, beating Kai-Chen Chang, 7-6(3), 6-3.

“Obviously I feel very happy, a little bit relieved, and, yeah, just nice to get through that first round finally,” Stosur said. “You know, from here hopefully I can loosen up a little bit and keep playing better and better.”

“No matter how good or bad you play, a win always makes you feel better. I definitely feel like I improved throughout the last couple of weeks coming into this match. Obviously it’s hard to necessarily, you know, prove that when you’re not winning those matches. But I did feel better, and I think that showed today.”

Dominika Cibulkova won in three sets against 16-year-old Aussie Ashleigh Barty. Agnieszka Radwanska, Julia Goerges, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic, and Marion Bartoli also advanced to the second round.

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