* Sharapova eases past Lucic
* Reflects on tough times (adds details, quotes)
Maria Sharapova reflected on the tough times she has come through after her emphatic 6-3 6-0 win over Croatian Mirjana Lucic in the French Open first round on Tuesday. Siberian-born Sharapova has overcome serious elbow and shoulder injuries which have hampered the career of the three-times grand slam champion.
"I don't think any road is particularly easy. If you don't have the tough days and if you don't go through adversity, I don't think that the good ones and the wins mean as much as when everything seems to be going our way," the 24-year-old Russian told a news conference.
"I've put a lot of work in starting from the off-season. I had a tough period in the beginning of the year, being sick for a while and having to wait to play a tournament," she added.
"I was just really positive. I trained really hard."
Sharapova has enjoyed springtime in Europe. "I have been to really cool cities in the last few weeks starting in Madrid and Rome and here, and I love walking around," she said.
"I find a lot of inspiration in street style and watching women walk, the way they wear things and what they're wearing. I take a lot of pictures. I do a lot of collages."
The Paris grand slam is the only one missing from Sharapova's collection but victory in the Rome International this month confirmed her return to form.
"As far as that motivation, it's really kicked in this year, and I hope I keep going with that," she said.