Maria Sharapova blasts her way to first-round 6-0, 6-0 win at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA—Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that’s the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart at the Australian Open.

The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena on Monday and needed only 63 minutes to advance.