Revenge sweet for Sharapova
MARIA SHARAPOVA last met Gisela Dulko in a grand slam event at the 2009 Wimbledon tournament, where the Argentine forced the Russian into error after error on her way to a surprise second-round victory.
But today, the world number four gave back to her 26-year-old opponent exactly what she had received in London and produced a ruthless 6-0 6-1 victory to set up an Australian Open second-round encounter with American qualifier Jamie Hampton.
"(She is) someone that's beaten me the last time we played at a major ... (and) she can definitely play some really good tennis. I think I was just mentally prepared for that," said Sharapova of a victory that took just 58 minutes.
"Overall, I think I played pretty good and aggressive."
The three-time grand slam winner added that she felt well prepared for the tournament despite being restricted to hitting practice.
"I would have preferred to have played a few matches," she said. "But I have experience in how to handle going into a grand slam maybe with not as many matches."