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Maria Sharapova breezes through

Updated: December 30, 2013, 3:41 PM ET
Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia -- Every point mattered for Maria Sharapova in her competitive comeback from injury, even in a first-round match in the season-opening Brisbane International.

Sharapova beat 74th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-0 Monday, ripping forehand winners and nullifying her rival's biggest weapon with consistently aggressive service returns.

She chased down balls to turn the tempo when she was behind in two games in the second set, and celebrated break points with ...

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