Sharapova, Federer win
Defending champion Maria Sharapova and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer enjoyed comfortable second-round wins at the French Open in Paris.
Sharapova, 28, dispatched world number 91 and fellow Russian Vitalia Diatchenko 6-3 6-1 in 81 minutes.
Switzerland’s Federer, 33, recovered from a break down in the second set to beat Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-2 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.
Simona Halep, <g data-gr-id="25">runner-up</g> in 2014, is out after defeat by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.
“I’m getting better,” was two-time champion Sharapova’s update on her health after her win over compatriot Diatchenko on Court Philippe Chatrier.
The second seed came into the tournament with a heavy cold and she skipped the usual post-match interview in the first round, prompting a chorus of boos.
“I’ve got to do what I have to do,” was Sharapova’s explanation, and she was again spared the microphone on Tuesday.
“For me right now it’s really about recovery and just being healthy for the next round,” she added.
You have to get your towel down early to claim a practice spot at Roland Garros.
Dani Vallverdu, who left Andy Murray’s team in November and is now Tomas Berdych’s coach, tweeted a picture of 11 players, coaches and <g data-gr-id="29">entourage</g> members <g data-gr-id="30">packing</g> out one of the show courts to get a feel for the Parisian clay.
“Who said tennis was an individual sport...” Vallverdu said.