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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Russian Maria Sharapova defeated the representative of Latvia’s Anastasia Sevastova in the first round match of the tournament the Women’s tennis Association (WTA) in Beijing.
The meeting lasted 3 hours 8 minutes and ended with the score 7:6 (7:3), 5:7, 7:6 (9:7) in favor of the Russian athletes, which occupies 104-e a place in rating WTA.
In early August, Sharapova had received a special invitation (“wild card”) to participate in the tournament WTA in Beijing. Sevastova was “planted” under 16-m number.
Rival Sharapova in the second round will be determined later in the match between Russian Ekaterina Makarova and American Jennifer Brady.
Earlier on Saturday, Darya Kasatkina of Russia defeated compatriot Natalia Vikhlyantseva – 7:6 (7:5), 6:1, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated American Lauren Davis 6:1, 6:1.
Open championship of China is on the cover of “hard” . The prize Fund of the tournament amounts to around $6.4 million the Competition will end on 8 October.
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