Maria Sharapova breezed to a 6-4, 6-2 win over top-seeded Irina-Camelia Begu on Wednesday in their first-round match at the WTA Tianjin Open in Tianjin, China.
The first-round match was played on Wednesday after rain wreaked havoc with the schedule.
Sharapova continued her head-to-head dominance of the Romanian by taking advantage of a pair of double faults to win the first set. The Russian wild card rushed out to a 3-0 advantage in the second and held serve to dismiss Begu in one hour, 22 minutes.
"It's been a long wait for everyone, it hasn't been easy," Sharapova said of the rain-delayed tournament. "I had a first practice outdoors, and then I think it rained for 70 hours straight, unfortunately for the players.
"The good thing about this tournament is it has indoors, it's pretty state-of-the-art, and I trained at the National Tennis Centre as well, which was very impressive. So I was still able to maintain good practice sessions."
Sharapova advanced to the second round to face Poland's Magda Linette, who overcame dropping the first set to record a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko.
Second-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was bounced in her first-round match against home hopeful Zhu Lin, who posted a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 triumph.
Third-seeded Peng Shuai advanced with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory over Chinese countrywoman Hanyu Guo and Greek Maria Sakkari coasted to a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Fangzhou Liu of China.
Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia overcame losing the first set to record a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 win over fourth-seeded Croatian Donna Vekic while fifth-seeded Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan also needed three sets to notch a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-2 victory over American Lauren Davis.
Sara Errani returned from a two-month suspension for a failed drug test to cruise to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over the Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova. The Italian was banned after reportedly unknowingly ingesting letrozole, which was found in her mother's cancer medication.
Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele, Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh and China's Xiyu Wang also advanced with straight-set wins on Wednesday.