Amelie Mauresmo routed Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-0 in 54 minutes at the WTA Championships on Thursday, extending her winning streak to nine matches as the Frenchwom-an tries to overtake Lindsay Davenport for the year-end No. 1 ranking.
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova hit 23 winners in a 6-1, 6-4 victory over US Open winner and fellow russian Svetlana Kuznetsova at Staples Center.
"I love it here. The atmosphere is great," said Sharapova, making her debut in the tournament. "To be here where the Lakers play, you just feel that excitement. I love basketball."