Tennis: Maria Sharapova eases through in Madrid

AFP , Sunday 3 May 2015

Maria Sharapova
File Photo: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates a point against Sabine Lisicki of Germany in their women's singles match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 29, 2014 (Photo: REUTERS)

Defending champion Maria Sharapova showed no signs of her recent struggles with form and fitness as she beat Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3 to move into the second round of the Madrid Open on Sunday.

The Russian dominated the Bacsinszky serve in the first set to break three times and then depended on her own in the second as one break in the eighth game was enough to set up a second round clash with Britain's Heather Watson or Colombian Mariana Duque-Marino.

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