Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber were
among the second-round winners Wednesday at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.
The top-seeded Sharapova needed just 70 minutes to dispose of Slovakia's
Daniela Hantuchova in a 6-0, 6-1 rout, while the fourth-seeded Kerber posted a
6-2, 7-5 triumph over Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic.
Both seeded players had first-round byes.
Sharapova, coming off a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open, served up 10
aces and won the first eight games en route to her ninth win in 10 all-time
meetings with Hantuchova.
"I had a tough first opponent who can play extremely good tennis," said
Sharapova. "I wanted to start the match off well. It was extremely important
to put that pressure on her from the beginning."
Kerber, also a fourth-round loser in Melbourne, won this event in 2012. She
had a little trouble trying to close out the second set, but still prevailed
and advanced to a quarterfinal matchup with Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova,
a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over seventh-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro.
First-round play also concluded Wednesday with wins for Kirsten Flipkens,
Elina Svitolina, Galina Voskoboeva and Kristina Mladenovic.
The eighth-seeded Flipkens earned a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Germany's Mona
Barthel, the 2013 champion, and will next play Austria's Yvonne Meusburger in
the second round, while Svitolina knocked off sixth-seeded Italian Roberta
Vinci, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.
Voskoboeva, a qualifier from Kazakhstan, rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) win
over Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele and will next meet Svitolina. Mladenovic
notched a 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 triumph over fifth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania to
set up a second-round match with Germany's Andrea Petkovic.
Other second-round play on Thursday will feature the tournament openers for
Petra Kvitova and Sara Errani, who also had first-round byes. The second-
seeded Kvitova won this event in 2011 and will face Frenchwoman Alize Cornet,
while the third-seeded Errani, last year's runner-up, will take on fellow
Italian Karin Knapp.
This week's champion will claim $132,000.
The Sports Network