Sharapova Advances in Style

A smash in red and crystal, the Russian defeats Italy's Roberta Vinci
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2007 4:45 AM CDT
Maria Sharapova of Russia waves to the crowd after her win over Roberta Vinci of Italy at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Maria Sharapova dazzled in her US Open performance last night. The 2006 champion, bedecked in a crystal-studded red dress, downed Italy's Roberta Vinci 6-0, 6-1 in only 50 minutes. The tennis ace, who has struggled with a shoulder injury this year, was all confidence in her custom-made togs, smashing 30 winners to Vinci's 3 and advancing easily to the Open's second round.

Heavy-hitters Martina Hingis and Svetlana Kuznetsova also progressed smoothly. Kuznetsova defeated the Czech Republic's Klara Zakopalova 6-2, 6-3, and Hingis bested Swiss Mathilde Johansson 6-0, 6-3. In other action, Julia Vakulenko earned a rare upset over ninth-seed Daniella Hantuchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. (Read more Maria Sharapova stories.)