Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova wasted no time in defending her Japan Open title at the Ariake Colesseum on Saturday, blitzing Mashona Washington of the United States 6-0, 6-1 in 51 minutes.

American Taylor Dent will play Czech Jiri Novak in the men’s final on Sunday.

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