PARIS -- Eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, who looms as a potentially tricky quarterfinal opponent for defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova if they both get that far, eased into the second round with a quick victory Monday.
Suarez Navarro, from Spain, had little problem in her 6-2, 6-2 victory against Monica Niculescu, a 67th-ranked Romanian.
Suarez Navarro was a quarterfinalist both last year and on her French Open debut in 2008. She made the day for a few kids in the crowd, stopping on her way back to the locker room to autograph their giant tennis balls.
Meanwhile, Sabine Lisicki, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013, made a strong start at the only major where she's never reached at least the fourth round.
Lisicki, seeded 20th, barely working up a sweat in a 6-3, 6-2 victory against 86th-ranked Monica Puig. She closed out the 66-minute match with an ace.
After the first set, "I told myself, 'Oh la la. I'm going to fail yet again," the 29th-seeded Frenchwoman said. "A super victory for me."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.