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Eventually the sky turned blue to match the courts and by then Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Ana Ivanovic, Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic were all winners on the third day of action at the MutuaMadrid Open at the futuristic Caja Majica. The talk was all about the blue clay, but it seemed to have minimal impact on the way players performed although everyone agreed that it was slippery, especially when dry. "You just have to work on your balance a bit more," said a relaxed Sharapova who had completed her 6-4, 6-3 victory over the Czech, Klara Zakopalova, under the roof of the Manolo Santana Stadium. "The color is fine, it looks good," said Sharapova who came here following a confidence-boosting win over Azarenka in the Stuttgart final two weeks ago. "It does feel a bit different playing-wise. It feels different in terms of the amount of clay that's on the court, especially during the first couple of days of practice. But now I feel it has gotten better and settled dow...
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