Maria Sharapova gives kisses to the public after the victory (Photo: Getty Images)
For those hoping to balance emotions and it was disappointing. For fans of Maria Sharapova, however, the Russian premiere of the Australian Open was a huge dose of hope to nurture the dream of the title. The former world No. 1 hit and made 6 / 0 and 6 / 1 on the Argentine Gisela Dulko (68 ranking).
Dulko had few chances during the 58 minutes of play and almost always in the sack of Sharapova, who came into conflict on the ground. In the third game of the second set when leading by 6 / 0, 2 / 0 to 40/15 and would pull out, the Russian made two double faults, gave free points a game and lost the first match.
In Argentina, however, continued without a confirmed service at all. Sharapova left the game in the past bad and back to dominate. Four games later, the match was over.
Number 4 in the world, Sharapova follows the fight for the leadership of the world rankings. She is one of six players who can finish the tournament in the leadership ranks. The other candidates are Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Samantha Stosur. To go back to being number 1, Sharapova needs to reach at least the semifinals (in this case, you need to defeat their opponents).
The next hurdle in her path in Melbourne will be the American qualifier Jamie Hampton (144), who applied double 6 / 1 on the Luxembourg Mandy Minella (110).