Maria Sharapova shook off a lackluster second set to dominate the third in a 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova in a first-round matchup of Russians at the Cincinnati Women's Open on Tuesday.
Kuznetsova's win in San Diego last week pushed her ranking to 14, one above Sharapova, but Sharapova used a 31-11 advantage in winners to overcome 39 unforced errors in her first match at Cincinnati.
Kuznetsova needed treatment from a trainer on her back and left knee, and left the court briefly after three games of the third set. She also squandered eight of 10 break-point opportunities.
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