Sharapova eases past Perry in Memphis first round

MEMPHIS: Top seed Maria Sharapova dismantled Shenay Perry 6-0 6-2 in the opening round of the Memphis Championships to record her first victory on tour this year.

The former world number one needed just 51 minutes to dispatch her American challenger, breaking Perry''s service six times.

The Russian will play American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the next round.

Sharapova was coming off a disappointing performance at the Australian Open last month when she fell in the first round to compatriot Maria Kirilenko.