Sharapova cruises in Madrid

Last year's beaten finalist gets the better of Klara Koukalova, while Ana Ivanovic eases past Madison Keys.

    Sharapova cruises through in Madrid [Getty Images]
    Sharapova cruises through in Madrid [Getty Images]

    Maria Sharapova brushed aside Klara Koukalova 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Madrid Open, while Ana Ivanovic beat Madison Keys 6-1, 7-6.

    Sharapova, who lost to Serena Williams in last year's final, converted six of eight break points to take advantage of Koukalova's eight double-faults on the Caja Magica clay court.

    The eighth-seed Russian will play Christina McHale of the United States in the second round.

    Meanwhile, 11th-seeded Ivanovic ousted Keys to set up a meeting with fellow Serb Bojana Jovanovski.

    Top-ranked Williams opens her title defence later against Swiss Belinda Bencic.

    SOURCE: AP


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