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Sharapova thrashes Hantuchova to reach Open GDF Suez quarters

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PARIS (AP)

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia maintained her dominance over Daniela Hantuchova, thrashing the Slovak player 6-0, 6-1 Wednesday to reach the Open GDF Suez quarterfinals.

The four-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Hantuchova nine straight times, with the Slovak's only win coming when they first played 10 years ago.

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Sharapova served well, hitting 10 aces and saving all seven break points she faced, while breaking Hantuchova's serve six times. She will play eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium or Yvonne Meusburger of Austria in the next round.

The remaining first-round matches Wednesday saw Flipkens beat Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, Elina Svitolina of Ukraine upset sixth-seeded Roberta Vinci 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, and Galina Voskoboeva rallied to beat Stefanie Voegele 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (3) in nearly three hours.

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