Sharapova, Radwanska, Li win French openers

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Updated: May 27, 2013

Sharapova

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.

MONDAY’S FIRST ROUND MATCHES

Maria Sharapova (2) def. Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-2, 6-1
Agnieszka Radwanska (4) def. Shahar Peer, 6-1, 6-1
Li Na (6) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-3, 6-4
Angelique Kerber (8) def. Mona Barthel, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
Caroline Wozniacki (10) def. Laura Robson, 6-3, 6-2
Roberta Vinci (15) def. Stephanie Foretz Gacon, 6-3, 6-0
Sloane Stephens (17) def. Karin Knapp, 6-2, 7-5
Carla Suarez Navarro (20) def. Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens (21) leads Flavia Pennetta, 2-6, 6-4, 5-0
Svetlana Kuznetsova def. Ekaterina Makarova (22), 6-4, 6-2
Zuzana Kucova def. Julia Goerges (24), 7-6 (10-8), 6-0
Melanie Oudin def. Tamira Paszek (28), 6-4, 6-3
Varvara Lepchenko (29) def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-1, 6-2
Elina Svitolina def. Romina Oprandi, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Jana Cepelova def. Christina McHale, 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 6-4
Mathilde Johansson def. Chanelle Scheepers, 7-5, 6-1
Madison Keys def. Misaki Doi, 6-3, 6-2
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor def. Julia Glushko, 6-2, 7-5
Bojana Jovanovski def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-3, 6-2
Magdalena Rybarikova def. Pauline Parmentier, 6-0, 6-1
Eugenie Bouchard def. Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Johanna Larsson def. Monica Niculescu, 6-2, 6-3
Zheng Jie def. Vesna Dolonc, 6-4, 6-1
Garbine Muguruza def. Karolina Pliskova, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Vania King def. Alexandra Cadantu, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
Bethanie Mattek-Sands def. Lourdes Dominguez Lino, 6-4, 6-1
Paula Ormaechea def. Tatjana Maria, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Francesca Schiavone def. Melinda Czink, 6-0, 7-6 (7-1)