Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova hits a return against Ksenia Pervak during at the French Open.Reuters

Maria Sharapova, Sabine Lisicki and Dominica Cibulkova have all won their respective matches to cruise to the second round, while ninth seed Kei Nishikori has crashed out, under the cloudy conditions at the Roland Garros on Monday.

Seventh-seed Sharapova swept aside fellow Russian Ksenia Pervak in straight sets. The 2012 champion faced little resistance from Pervak as she overpowered her 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour.

Sharapova broke Pervak's serve five times and won 93 percent first serve points. The 27-year-old will now face Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova - the 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalist - in the second round.

Meanwhile, Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova clinched an easy victory over France's Virginie Razzano 7-5, 6-0 in an hour and 31 minutes. The first set witnessed high quality action between the two as both players exchanged breaks. The Slovak got the all important break, when Razzano dropped her serve in the 12th game when she was 40-15 up. After winning the opening set, Cibulkova held her serve in the second to romp into the second round.

Germany's Sabine Lisicki also won her first round encounter against France's Fiona Ferro to advance to the second round at the Roland Garros. The 16th-seed defeated Ferro 6-1, 7-5 to book a second round clash with compatriot Mona Barthel. Lisicki broke Ferro's serve thrice in the first set and managed to clinch the set easily, though she committed 12 unforced errors. The French star had the opportunity to take the match into the decider but she could not convert the break on crucial occasions.

Ninth seed Nishikori failed to present any challenge to Slovakia's Martin Klizan as he went down 7-6 (7/4), 6-1, 6-2 in about three hours. Nishikori, who made it to the fourth round of the French Open in 2013, had struggled with a back injury that forced him out of Madrid Masters and then Rome Masters. Nishikori looked completely out of sorts against Klizan and made 40 unforced errors and committed 10 double faults. The Slovak broke his serve 10 times in the match, to book a second round clash with Netherlands' Robin Haase. 

In other first round matches, unseeded German Barthel opened her campaign with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Italy's Karin Knapp, while Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova also cruised to the second round, beating America's Lauren Davis 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.