Rafa Nadal's campaign for a record seventh French Open title began with a straight-sets victory over outclassed Italian Simone Bolelli on Tuesday, while Maria Sharapova opened with a whitewash of Romanian Alexandra Cadantu.
Nadal, defending champion and second seed, thrashed Bolelli 6-2 6-2 6-1 in just short of two hours on the sunny Philippe Chatrier court.
Playing in a shocking-pink shirt, Nadal completely dominated an error-prone Bolelli, who summed up his ordeal in three words: "Today, no chance."
Spaniard Nadal, aiming to win his 11th grand slam title, will next play Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.
Sharapova, chasing the one grand slam title to elude her, beat Cadantu 6-0 6-0 in 48 minutes, taking her through to a meeting with Japan's Ayumi Morita.
"I feel like with every year I have improved and I enjoy it much more," the Russian former world number one told a news conference.
"I feel like I'm moving a lot better than I did in years previously, which has helped me a lot in the recovery process within the point."