Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Second-seeded Maria Sharapova was an easy
first-round winner Monday at the $4 million Madrid Open.
The former world No. 1 and reigning French Open champion stayed hot by
handling Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5, 6-2 on the clay courts at The
Sharapova, who is fresh off her title in Stuttgart two weeks ago, will meet
American Christina McHale in the round of 32 here.
In some second-round action on Day 3 at this French Open tune-up, sixth-seeded
German Angelique Kerber dropped France's Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 and seventh-
seeded 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani snuck past Romanian Sorana
Cirstea 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Some additional first-round play saw last week's Portugal Open runner-up Carla
Suarez Navarro upend ninth-seeded former Roland Garros finalist Samantha
Stosur of Australia 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, the aforementioned McHale outlast Chinese
Peng Shuai 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic roll past
Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1.
The Sports Network