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Sharapova delighted to be able to finish first round match

Raymond Doyle in French Open 27 May 2013
Predictably Sharapova romped through with ease (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

With dusk falling, there was a danger Sharapova wouldn't finish tonight but she got the job done!

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Sharapova had originally been scheduled last on Philippe Chatrier but with Rafa Nadal versus Daniel Brands and Gael Monfils versus Tomas Berdych turning into two epic clashes, her first round clash with Su Wei-Hsieh was rescheduled to Suzanne Lenglen.

Not that it really mattered, Sharapova predictably romped through 6-2, 6-1 but she was just pleased to get her campaign up and running without having to wait until Tuesday to get on court.       
"Yeah, I was just happy that I was able to finish the match," she said. "Obviously getting off the court and still seeing the men's match was still playing, you know, I was happy with the decision that everyone made. Obviously I wanted to finish tonight, so it was a good decision."

A month ago, Sharapova was the favourite to defend her French Open title but she's had a tough few weeks, getting thrashed by Serena Williams in the Madrid final and then having to pull out of Rome ahead of her quarter-final due to a virus.  

"Yeah, I mean, the most important thing after Rome was just to get my energy back," she said. "Obviously wasn't fun having to pull out of the tournament and getting sick again. You know, I wanted to come to Paris and just try to get that, like, energy and spark back, because when I started feeling not so well it was tough to be on the court. So, you know, the last few days and the last week has, you know it was really nice just to be kind of be able to recharge again and get back out there today."



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