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March 23, 2023

Rolland Garros: Sharapova beats Alexandra Cadantu

A merciless Maria Sharapova whizzed past unheralded Romanian Alexandra Cadantu 6-0 6-0 to book her place in the second round of the French Open, on Tuesday, according to Eurosport. Sharapova, who has a chance of taking over from Victoria Azarenka as world number one depending of the Belarussian’s run in Paris, blew kisses to the crowd after wrapping it up when Cadantu sent a backhand long on the first match point. Sixth seed David Ferrer reached the Roland Garros second round for the 10th straight year Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko of the Slovak Republic, according to atpworldtour.com. Ferrer, who has advanced to the quarter-finals on two occasions in 2005 (l. to Nadal) and 2008 (l. to Monfils), converted six of 12 break point opportunities. He committed 29 unforced errors and won 14 of his 16 approaches to the net. He is now four match wins shy of 450 victories (446-239). The 30-year-old Spaniard has won two clay-court titles this year at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (d. Almagro) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (d. Verdasco) this year. He has an ATP World Tour second-best record of 22-4 on clay. His compatriot Nicolas Almagro is 24-6 overall on clay.

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