Third-ranked Maria Sharapova had little trouble in her first round match against Melinda Czink at the U.S. Open, defeating the Hungarian, 6-2, 6-2, on Monday. The Russian generally dominated the match, rebounding well from her defeat against Serena Williams in the Olympic final.
Early in the match, Czink was able to keep up with Sharapova, but things quickly came together for the No. 3 seed after the first set was tied 2-2. Czink often looked overwhelmed in her U.S. Open debut against one of the world's best players.
In addition to Sharapova, France's Marion Bartoli has advanced from the first round after a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Jamie Hampton, a 22-year-old American. The world's No. 11 player, Bartoli has never won a major tournament before, but she reached the Wimbledon final in 2007.