Sharapova eases through
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:29
The Russian has been out for 10 months with a long-term shoulder injury, which has meant her world ranking has plummeted to 126, but cruised to a 6-2 6-0 victory in less than an hour.
Fifth seed Italian Sara Errani suffered worse fortunes, however, crashing out 6-4 6-3 to Alexandra Dulgheru, and third seed Jie Zheng was thrashed 6-0 6-4 by Klara Zakaopalova.
Alona Bondarenko dispatched Marta Domachowska of Poland to meet Sharapova in the next round, but her sister Kateryna Bondarenko lost 6-4 7-6 (7/5) to Galina Voskoboeva.
Finally, Daniela Hantuchova downed Urszula Radwanska 6-3 6-1.