Paris, France (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Maria Sharapova, fourth
seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former winner Li Na posted first-round victories
Monday at the French Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova dismantled Taiwan's Su-Wei
Hsieh 6-2, 6-1 in a mere 54 minutes on Court Lenglen.
Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by capturing Roland Garros last year,
beating Sara Errani in the final.
Up next for the Russian superstar, who's a solid 31-4 this season, will be
rising 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, a 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) victor against
Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova on Day 2.
The 2012 Wimbledon runner-up Radwanska cruised past Shahar Peer of Israel by a
6-1, 6-1 margin in 57 minutes on the famed red clay.
Radwanska has never advanced beyond the fourth round in Paris and was a
third-round upset victim here last year.
Up next for the crafty Pole will be Croat Donna Vekic.
The sixth-seeded Li, the 2011 French Open champ and this year's Australian
Open runner-up, moved on with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Anabel Medina Garrigues
of Spain. The Chinese star will encounter American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in
the round of 64.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded German left-hander Angelique Kerber downed German
Mona Barthel 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 and 10th-seeded former world No. 1 Caroline
Wozniacki of Denmark picked up her first win since early last month with a
6-3, 6-2 handling of British lefty Laura Robson.
Seventeenth-seeded American Sloane Stephens moved on by besting Italian Karin
Knapp 6-2, 7-5, while former French Open and U.S. Open champion Svetlana
Kuznetsova ousted 22nd-seeded fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-2.
The young American Stephens, who reached the semifinals at the Australian Open
in January, will face fellow countrywoman Vania King in her next outing.
Fifteenth-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci routed France's Stephanie Foretz Gacon
6-3, 6-0; 20th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro overcame Romanian Simona
Halep, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Slovak Zuzana Kucova took out 24th-seeded German Julia
Goerges 7-6 (10-8), 6-0; American Melanie Oudin dismissed 28th-seeded Austrian
Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-3; and 29th-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko leveled
Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-2.
Several other women reached the second round, including Americans Mattek-
Sands, King and Madison Keys, Serb Bojana Jovanovski, France's Mathilde
Johansson, and Slovak Jana Cepelova, who bested American Christina McHale 7-6
(7-3), 2-6, 6-4.
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