Result: Maria Sharapova battles into round three

Maria Sharapova celebrates his win over Alize Cornet during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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Maria Sharapova books her place in round three of the Miami Masters with a straight-sets win over Japan's Kurumi Nara.

Maria Sharapova has reached the third round of the Miami Masters with a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 win over Kurumi Nara of Japan.

Although the Russian prevailed in straight sets, her opponent made her work for the victory, returning a lot of balls and testing Sharapova in both sets.

The game was evenly matched in the opening stages, but the world number seven asserted her authority with a break at 3-3 in the first set, and kept Nara at bay for the remainder of the contest.

Sharapova will take on Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in round three.

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