Mexico: Top seed Maria Sharapova overcame a sluggish start before booking her spot in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.
Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Shelby Rogers. Pic/AFP
The Russian, making her debut appearance in this competition and her first on the WTA Tour since losing in the Australian Open final to Serena Williams, fell 2-0 behind and faced two break points on her next service game against Shelby Rogers.
But that was as good as it got for the American as Sharapova battled to hold and immediately claimed the break back before eventually triumphing 6-4 6-1 after an hour and 14 minutes.
"I've been in many different situations in my career, and when you're down, you have to change a few things and stay positive," Sharapova said on the WTA Tour website.
"You just have to concentrate on one point at a time instead of the bigger result, and as the match went on I definitely felt more and more comfortable out there."