Sharapova advances at US Open in straight sets

Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the

second round of the U.S. Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Melinda

Czink on Monday.

The third-seeded Russian needed just 67 minutes to beat the

88th-ranked Hungarian left-hander.

Sharapova won the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam

and an Olympic silver medal this year but pulled out of hard-court

warm-up tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati because of

illness.

Sharapova had 24 winners to eight for Czink, who has reached the

third round of a major tournament three times.