Shara­pova routs Dart to start Aus­tralian Open

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports - From staff and wire re­ports

Maria Shara­pova be­gan the Aus­tralian Open in Mel­bourne with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Har­riet Dart in 63 min­utes.

Up next for Shara­pova is Re­becca Peter­son, who beat So­rana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.

Rafael Nadal also won his open­ing match, beat­ing No. 238th-ranked James Duck­worth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

Among the other seeded play­ers ad­vanc­ing were No. 11 Aryna Sa­balenka, who beat Anna Kalin­skaya 6-1, 6-4, No. 19 Caro­line Gar­cia, No. 29 Donna Ve­kic and No. 31 Pe­tra Mar­tic. Danielle Collins upset No. 14-seeded Ju­lia Go­erges 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

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