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Sharapova survives 1st-round scare

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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost to Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, trailed 4-0 in the first set and 4-1 in the second as she slipped to a ninth first-round exit in 11 tournaments this season.

Another surprise on Tuesday was Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria's 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 win over second-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

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