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Maria Sharapova won the 1st match in Cincinnati Masters after 5 years

Maria Sharapova won the 1st match in Cincinnati Masters after 5 years

"Russian doll" Maria Sharapova defeated the Alison Riske with the score 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the first match in Cincinnati this year.

The battle between the two players is expected to play a special capacity, which ended after approximately 2 hours with the final victory belonging to Maria Sharapova, who won the Cincinnati championship nine years ago.

Rescuing both 2 break-points face-to-face, Sharapova closed the first set of wins quite easily. But to set 2, "Russian Doll" has encountered difficulties before Riske played with determination. From the lead of 3-5 after losing 2 game delivery, Sharapova tried to drag the opponent to the tie-break series, but previously missed the first match-point.

The fourth chance is to win the new Grand Slam championship to finish the match with 26 winner points, nearly twice as much as Riske's (15 winner points). Sharapova will face No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty in the next match, to recreate the meeting in the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year.

Currently ranked 97th in the world, the Russian player returned to Cincinnati Masters for the first time since the 2014 semifinals - where I lost to Ana Ivanovic.