PARIS: Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova were among the big names that won first-round matches Monday at the French Open. Federer tore through an overmatched Alberto Martin with 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Federer lost the first two games, but quickly found his form overpowering Martin with his serve and forehand.
He will look to snap Rafael Nadal's quest for another French Open title, if R-Fed can dispatch some other foes along the way.
Sharapova shook off a tough first set, and a bandaged right shoulder, to topple Anastasiya Yakimova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
While Sharapova was broken three times in the opening set, Yakimova had her own woes, calling for a trainer to deal with pain in her lower back.
Sharapova will face Nadia Petrova in the second round. The Russian defeated Lauren Embree 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round.