The No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova advances to the second round of Roland Garros by beating France’s Emilie Loit 6-3 7-6 (7-4).
The Russian easily took the first set, but struggled in the second, when her opponent even had a 3-2 lead. Sharapova broke back, but in the 11th game she dropped her serve again, so the world No. 41 had an opportunity to serve for the set. Still, Loit was broken and Sharapova took the tie-break 7-4 sealing the victory with her first match point.
This is Maria’s second tournament after a two-month break caused by injuries. Last week, the Russian took part in Istanbul Cup where she lost in the semis to Aravane Rezai.
Maria has still not recovered completely, but she’s willing to fight and give her best. "It will be the toughest thing for me to go out there and win this tournament but I am willing to do it. This is also my preparation for Wimbledon," Sharapova said. (source: BBC Sport)