Result: Maria Sharapova fights back to progress at Wuhan Open

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 reaches the third round of the Wuhan Open thanks to a three-set triumph over fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Maria Sharapova has come from behind to earn a three-set victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova in round two of the Wuhan Open.

The fourth seed was broken three times during the opening set as two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova closed it out 6-3.

Both players exchanged service breaks early in the second, but it was Sharapova who went on to assert her authority by coming through 6-2 to level the contest against her fellow Russian.

Former world number one Sharapova opened up a commanding 4-1 lead at the start of the third, and she was able to seal her progress 3-6 6-2 6-2 with just over two hours on the clock.

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Canada's Eugenie Bouchard at the end of her French tennis Open semi-final match against at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 5, 2014
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