Maria Sharapova crushes first-round opponent 6-0, 6-0 at French Open


Maria Sharapova served notice of her intent at the French Open with a ‘double bagel’ victory over Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu in the first round at Roland Garros.

The second seed is chasing the one grand slam title she has never won, and her form on clay this year, with titles in Stuttgart and Rome, suggests she may do it.

Sharapova certainly wasted no time today, hitting 18 winners to none from her opponent, who will want to quickly forget the 48 minutes she spent on court on her French Open debut.

Serena Williams, Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are regarded as the favourites to win the women’s title, and the Russian, who next meets Japan’s Ayumi Morita, said: “I think everyone has a good chance.

“It’s always about who takes their chances. Of course I’m really happy with the way my preparation has been coming into this tournament. I feel like with every year I have improved and I enjoy it much more.

“I think I’ve learned a lot more about the game and the point construction. I feel like I’m moving a lot better than I did years previously, which has helped me a lot in the recovery process within the point. So it definitely gives me a lot of confidence for this tournament.”

source: The Independent, UK