STANFORD (California) (AFP) Frances Marion Bartoli, who is seeking to defend her Stanford title, was one of five seeds to reach the second round in the Bank of West Classic, easily beating Ashley Harkleroad 6-1, 6-4. The fourth-seeded Bartoli beat American Harkleroad for the first time in three meetings, though Tuesday was their first meeting in six years. She played really well, especially in the second set, Bartoli said. For someone who hasnt played that much lately, she was giving me a hard time out there. Bartoli, who is ranked 14th in the world, next faces former world number one Ana Ivanovic in the second round. Bartoli won 81 percent of her first serve points. In the night match, Russian fifth seed Maria Sharapova made a successful return to the hardcourts, beating Chinas Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-5. Sharapova avenged a loss to Zheng the last time she played on hardcourt at Indian Wells tournament in the California desert four months ago. The 15th-ranked Sharapova, who missed six weeks with a right elbow injury during the spring, won for the 15th time in her last 18 matches. In other first-round matches, sixth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel beat Slovakias Daniela Hantuchova 0-6, 6-4, 6-3; No. 7 Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium downed Taipeis Chan Yung-Jan 6-3, 6-4; Belarus Victoria Azarenka, the eighth seed, topped Japans Ayumi Morita 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Olga Savchuk of Ukraine knocked off American Jill Craybas 6-3, 6-3; USAs Christina McHale defeated Taipeis Chang Kai-Chen 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, and Russian Maria Kirilenko beat fellow qualifier Mirjana Lucic of Croatia 6-1, 6-4.