Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Second-seeded Maria Sharapova was an easy first-round winner Monday at the $4 million Madrid Open.
The former world No. 1 and reigning French Open champion stayed hot by handling Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru 7-5, 6-2 on the clay courts at The Magic Box.
Sharapova, who is fresh off her title in Stuttgart two weeks ago, will meet American Christina McHale in the round of 32 here.
In some second-round action on Day 3 at this French Open tune-up, sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber dropped France's Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-2 and seventh- seeded 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani snuck past Romanian Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
Some additional first-round play saw last week's Portugal Open runner-up Carla Suarez Navarro upend ninth-seeded former Roland Garros finalist Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (9-7), 6-2, the aforementioned McHale outlast Chinese Peng Shuai 7-5, 5-7, 6-1, and Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic roll past Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1.