Sharapova surges into Roland Garros round two

Updated: 26 May 2010 08:52 IST

Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova secured a second-round berth at the French Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win against compatriot Ksenia Pervak

Sharapova surges into Roland Garros round two

Paris:

Russian former world number one Maria Sharapova secured a second-round berth at the French Open with a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 win against compatriot Ksenia Pervak here on Tuesday.

"sharapova-maria.jpg"Sharapova, the 12th seed and a semi-finalist here in 2007, will meet Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens for a place in the last 32.

The Russian superstar and three-time Grand Slam champion was dogged by an elbow injury earlier this year but secured only the second claycourt title of her career -- and 22nd in total -- at Strasbourg last week.

She was broken in her opening service game against 18-year-old qualifier Pervak but broke back in the sixth game and then broke again for a 5-3 lead when Pervak went long with a backhand, before serving out for the set.

A pair of quick-fire breaks earned Sharapova the initiative in the second set and although Pervak broke back, she turned on the power to break again and move 4-1 ahead.

The world number 13 didn't look back, winning to love in her next service game and clinching victory on her third match point when Pervak looped a forehand wide.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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