Sharapova routs Dart to start Australian Open
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.