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French Open 2013: Sharapova sprints to victory in first round tie

Sharapova started her title defence in emphatic fashion. (©GettyImages)
Sharapova started her title defence in emphatic fashion. (©GettyImages).

Maria Sharapova put in a faultless performance as she started the defence of her French Open crown with a 6-2 6-1 win over Su-Wei Hsieh.

The Russian didn't face a single break point in her 54 minute win, whilst she also hit no double-faults as she won 89% of points on her first serve.

Sharapova was never behind as she broke her Chinese Taipei opponent in the second game of the match, and it was plain sailing from there.

It was Sharapova's first match since retiring from a game in Rome due to illness a fortnight ago.

The defending champion told the tournament's official website: "I was just happy that I was able to finish the match.

"The last few days and the last week has been really nice just to be able to recharge again and get back out there today."

Elsewhere, Serena Williams hammered Anna Tatishvili 6-0 6-1.

The American beat her Georgian opponent in 51 minutes and banished the ghosts from last year where she was defeated in the first round.

The next challenge for Serena Williams is Caroline Garcia of France while Sharapova will face teenager Eugenie Bouchard from Canada.


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