Sharapova wins opener at Roland Garros


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Paris, France ( - Maria Sharapova won her opening match at the French Open on Monday.

After waiting out the rain, Sharapova needed only 61 minutes to post a 6-1, 6-2 win over fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak on Court Chatrier.

Sharapova, the seventh seed, completed a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in 2012. She reached the final at this clay-court tournament last year, but lost to Serena Williams.

Pervak has yet to make it out of the first round in four appearances at the French Open.

Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova overcame a taxing first set to beat Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano 7-5, 6-0.

Other early winners included 12th-seed Flavia Pennetta and 2013 Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki.

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