French Open 2012: There are no favourites, says Maria Sharapova

World No2 Maria Sharapova believes there are no favourites to win the French Open after her first-round triumph on Tuesday

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Maria Sharapova faces Japan’s Ayumi Morita in round two at Roland Garros Photo: Marianne Bevis

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Maria Sharapova believes there are no favourites to win the French Open after the Russian eased to straightforward 6-0 6-0 victory over Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu on Tuesday.

The world No2 took just 48 minutes to dispose of her unseeded opponent in Paris, hitting 18 winners and claiming a total of 51 points to set up a second-round tie against Japan’s Ayumi Morita.

Sharapova, who is chasing the one Major title she is yet to win, was happy with her clinical performance – and her general improvement at the French Open has give her confidence of completing a career grand slam.

However, the 25-year-old believes the race for the title is very open, highlighted by Serena Williams’ shock three-set defeat by France’s Virginie Razzano in the first round on Monday – and Sharapova expects it to come down to whoever can take their chances.

“Nothing is ever easy because you have to face whoever is across the net, and no matter how good or bad they are, you still have to win that match. That was just my goal,” said Sharapova.

“Everyone has a good chance. It’s always about who takes their chances. Of course I am really happy with how my preparation has been coming into this tournament.

“I feel like with every year I’ve improved and I enjoy it much more. I learn a lot more about the game, the point construction and I feel I’m moving a lot better than I did years previously.

“So it definitely gives me a lot of confidence for this tournament.”

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