Maria Sharapova beats Tatjana Maria in second round of Australian Open

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Sharapova, 30, saw off the world number 47 6-1 6-4 on the Margaret Court Arena.

"I talk to Novak a lot about it ... if you look at the percentages, what we get from all the income from the grand slams, I think it's just ridiculous", he said.

Her opponent was actually one place higher on the WTA rankings and the same age as Sharapova.

Meanwhile some suggested that the scoreboard had predicted Sharapova's eventual win. I have been here a week, practicing on the courts, got used to all the different weather conditions that Melbourne presents to all of us. "I cherish these moments, I love it".

She was defeated by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in a thrilling first-round match at the Brisbane International before eventual quarterfinalist Donna Vekic upset her in Hobart, leaving her in poor form entering the first Major of 2018.

"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally previous year", she said.

"But it felt pretty routine today, just really happy to be back here".

Kerber, the other former Open victor in the women's tournament, won her 10th match in a row to start the season, beating Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4.

The second seeded Swiss, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, faces Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

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After an injury timeout to have her foot heavily taped, Halep returned to the court and had little trouble finishing off the 17-year-old.

World number four Alexander Zverev opened with a 6-1 7-6 (5) 7-5 first round victory over Italian Thomas Fabbiano.

Madison Keys reversed a trend, becoming the only one of the four American women who contested the U.S. Open semifinals four months ago to reach the second round in Australia.

Kurumi Nara also failed to advance beyond the opening round by losing to Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 6-4.

Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Vesnina, No. 18 Ash Barty, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 28 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni also advanced.

No. 4 Elina Svitolina was a straight-sets victor over Ivana Jorovic.

Stanford alum Nicole Gibbs beat Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-1.

With the temperatures heating up, he was pushed to four sets by Ricardas Berankis before prevailing 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) in a tough workout he said was "proud" to come through.

Top seed Rafael Nadal beat the rain in Melbourne, working hard on Rod Laver Arena after having only having been able to play two exhibitions in 2018 due to a lingering knee injury.

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