Australian Open: Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal Start With Easy Wins

Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that is the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 victory over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open on Monday.

Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open champion, got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.

And Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed on the men’s side, followed her on the main court with a straightforward win over No. 238-ranked James Duckworth of Australia.

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