Home > Sport > Tennis
Sunday May 4, 2014 MYT 8:55:00 PM
Sunday May 4, 2014 MYT 9:02:01 PM
Russia's Maria Sharapova made light work of her first round opponent Czech Republic's Klara Koukalova in the Madrid Masters in Spain on Sunday. - EPA
MADRID (AFP): Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova made light work of the Czech Republic's Klara Koukalova to ease into the second round of the Madrid Open 6-1, 6-2 on Sunday.
Sharapova claimed her first title of the year in Stuttgart two weeks ago and continued her return to form after a difficult start to the year to seal victory in little over an hour.
Last year's finalist in Madrid will next face unseeded American Christina McHale in the second round.
It was a more difficult afternoon for fifth seed Petra Kvitova as she need a final set tie-break to overcome Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(7/4).
The former Wimbledon champion looked well on course for the second round after racing through the opening set, but was then broken four times in the second as the world number 27 levelled the match.
Both women were more stable on serve in the decider as it went to a tie-break after just one break apiece and Kvitova eventually had too much to set up a meeting with American Varvara Lepchenko.
Elsewhere, 11th seed Ana Ivanovic overcame Madison Keys in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), while another American, Sloane Stephens, beat Romanian qualifier Monica Niculescu 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to also reach the last 32.
Tags / Keywords:
Maria Sharapova, Madrid Masters, tennis
Tennis with a chance of an education
Scottish hero Murray weds in hometown spectacular
Malaysia gain promotion in Davis Cup
Malaysia thrash Saudi to top Davis Cup group
Malaysia through to semi-finals in Davis Cup tie
Petkovic advances, Errani upset in Charleston
Nadal and Federer bulldoze into Monte Carlo last 16
Gulbis's feet turn to clay in Monte Carlo thrashing
Djokovic slides smoothly through in Monte Carlo
French Open prize money up, but still lagging behind
Nadal to play new Stuttgart grass event
51-year-old woman has participated in numerous races internationally
Muslim tourism is a promising market
Apple cooperation with antitrust monitor down 'sharply': report
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)