Sharapova breezes into French Open second round


Maria Sharapova eased into the second round of the French Open with a 6-3 6-2 win over fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak yesterday.

Barely bothered by a few drops of rain on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the former world number one, seeded 12th in Paris, was broken early in the opening set before turning on the power.

Sharapova, who won the Strasbourg warm-up tournament last Saturday, ended the contest after one hour and 20 minutes on her third match point.

She will face Belgian Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the third round. -Reuters