World number one Simona Halep swatted aside American Nicole Gibbs while Maria Sharapova was flawless in her straight sets victory over Romania's Mihaela Buzarnescu in the opening round of the Shenzhen Open on Monday.
Five-times major victor Sharapova hit 18 winners and needed an hour and 22 minutes to despatch the experienced Buzarnescu 6-3 6-0 for a winning start to the year.
The five-time grand slam champion took one hour and 22 minutes to get the better of Buzarnescu on her Shenzhen debut and will face Alison Riske - victor over fifth seed Wang Qiang on Sunday - in the second round. "I'm glad I came back, I thought it was a great quality match", Sharapova, who plays Zarina Diyas - victor over Zhang Shuai - in the last eight, said on court.
"It was a good match", she continued after the win. "So I will try to continue to work and to just be focused on these kind of things. I look forward to the next matches and hopefully I can become better and better".
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