Russia's Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the LA Women's Tennis Championships by defeating Slovakia's world No.60 Jarmila Groth 6-0 6-4.
Sharapova said after the match that Groth's plan was to attack from every possible angle. However, Sharapova returned many of those balls, and advanced despite being inconsistent in the second set.
World No.61 Sharapova will next face third seed Victoria Azarenka.
BTW: The winner last week at Stanford, Marion Bartoli, withdrew from the LA Women's Tennis Championships due to a right calf strain. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)