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August 10, 2022

Roland Garros: Sharapova rolls into the second-round

Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia made a fine start to her 2014 Roland Garros campaign on Monday with a straight sets 6-1 6-2 victory over her compatriot Ksenia Pervak and sailed into the second round of the French Open. Former winner here, Sharapova looked in a firm control from the very start of the match and never allowed her compatriot to settle down.
In the end, Sharapova took just an hour and one minute to win the match. The former World No. 1 fired 4 aces, won 92% points on her first serve and converted 5 out of 9 break-points to get the job done. She also hammered 17 winners as compared to Pervak’s 4 and also extracted 23 forced errors from her.
Sharapova made a fine start to the match, quickly broke her compatriot and won the first-set in just 27 minutes. Pervak just could not find her rhythm in the first set and ultimately lost it on a tame note. Second-set saw fine tennis action as Pervak showed some resistance, but then Sharapova broke her twice and raced to a 4-1 lead and went on to win the match in straight sets.
In the second-round, Sharapova will take on former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsvetana Pironkova, who rallied past Annika Beck of Germany earlier – in her first round match in three sets.
Other results on Monday: Dominika Cibulkova – Virginie Razzano 7-5, 6-0; Sabine Lisicki – Fiona Ferro 6-1, 7-5; Flavia Pennetta – Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-2, 6-2; Mona Barthel – Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-0.
On Sunday Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu also made it to the second round, defeating 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 25th seeded Kaia Kanepi (Estonia). This is one of the best results of Niculescu career. She will next met the winner of the match between Romina Oprandi (Switzerland) and Paula Ormaechea (Argentina).
Halep stays WTA No 4
The best Romanian tennis player of the moment Simona Halep, with 5140 points, remains No 4 in the WTA rankings released on Monday according to wtatennis.com. Sorana Carstea (26 WTA) is the second Romanian in the rankings, followed by Monica Niculescu (76 WTA), Alexandra Cadantu (81 WTA) and Irina Begu (89 WTA). Top three best world women players of the moment are Serena Williams (11,590 points), Na Li (7,540) and Agnieska Radwanska (6,360).

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