Experienced German Tatjana Maria outclassed India No. 1 Ankita Raina 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round of the singles main draw of the Chennai Open WTA 250 tennis tournament in Chennai on Tuesday. Russian Anastasia Gasanova sent top-seed Alison-Riske Amritraj packing with a 6-2 6-3 win in an hour and 29 minutes. The fourth-seed Maria proved too good for the 29-year old Indian, dashing her hopes in an hour and 15 minutes. The Wimbledon semifinalist did not allow Raina any chance.

Though the German did not hit too many winners, she simply sliced her way to success. She opted for the slice on numerous occasions, frustrating the local player.

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