LONDON — Maria Sharapova reached up and flicked an over-the-shoulder backhand volley for a winner to wrap up a close-as-can-be first set.

About an hour later, she just as easily swatted away questions from reporters hungry for more juice in her feud with Serena Williams.

"I've said everything that I wanted to say about the issue," the third-seeded Russian said Monday after a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic of France. "Wimbledon started. This is my work. This is my job. I'd really appreciate it if we move on."

Indeed, it was time for tennis after a week of buildup that included the news-making back-and-forth between Sharapova and Williams, stemming from comments Williams made in a Rolling Stone magazine interview.

In the story, the reporter describes Williams making critical comments during a conversation with her sister about "a top-five player who is now in love." The reporter surmised Williams was talking about Sharapova.

On Saturday, Sharapova responded, saying "If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids."

Williams came back Sunday and, as part of a blanket apology for the trouble the magazine story caused, said she had also apologized in person to Sharapova and wanted to move on.

Asked if she had, in fact, received that apology, Sharpova responded: "Yeah, as I just said, I'd really like to move on."

Opening her stay at the All England Club on Centre Court, the 2004 champion got off to a slow start.

The tiebreaker was jittery, but with the score tied at 5, Sharapova came up with a backhand crosscourt winner, followed by the backhand overhead volley to close out the set. Sharapova broke in the fourth game of the second set and served it out from there.

It was a tricky test for the first round of a Grand Slam, against 37th-ranked Mladenovic, who came in with a 73-15 career record on grass.

"I'm really happy with the way I came out and played my first match," Sharapova said. " The first ones are always pretty tough, especially on the grass."

She insisted she had no problem setting aside the dust-up with Williams to focus on tennis.

"I treat this as my job because it is my job, because this is what I work for," she said. "When I go out on the court, this is where all the work goes in. Why would I be thinking about anything else?"

Williams, who beat Sharapova in the French Open final earlier this month, opens defense of her title Tuesday against Mandy Minella.

Meanwhile, second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who went through the lead-up to Wimbledon practically unnoticed, was among those also asked about the tiff between Sharapova and Williams.

She said, not surprisingly, she didn't want to get involved.

"My personal life is my personal life," Azarenka said. "I don't like to comment on anybody else's personal life because it's their own business, and I'm minding my own business. We are here to play a tournament."

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  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day One

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts during his Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Steve Darcis of Belgium on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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    Belgium's Steve Darcis celebrates winning the first set against Spain's Rafael Nadal during their men's first round match on day one of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain changes shirt during a break in his Men's first round singles match against Steve Darcis of Belgium at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Steve Darcis of Belgium during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Steve Darcis of Belgium wipes himself with a towel during his Men's first round singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • John Isner of the United States returns to Evgeny Donskoy of Russia during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain wipes himself with a towel during a break in his Men's first round singles match against Steve Darcis of Belgium at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day One

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Spectators cheer as Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates match point during his gentlemen's singles first round match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Tatjana Maria of Germany returns to Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives on Centre Court ahead of his Men's first round singles match against Victor Hanescu of Romania at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Victoria Azarenka of Belarus shakes hands with Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal after defeating her in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts as he loses a point to Steve Darcis of Belgium during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Kristina Mladenovic of France during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • John Isner of the United States walks onto court to play Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan serves to Tatjana Maria of Germany during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland volleys a return to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Marin Cilic of Croatia returns to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus plays a return to Marin Cilic of Croatia during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day One

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Steve Darcis of Belgium hits a forehand during his Gentlemen's Singles first round match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 24, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

  • Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan serves to Tatjana Maria of Germany during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts after beating Victor Hanescu of Romania in their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, left, is attended to after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Fabio Fognini of Italy grimaces after slipping during his Men's first round singles match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria to at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Fabio Fognini of Italy slips during his Men's first round singles match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria to at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil returns the ball to Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Varvara Lepchenko of the United States runs to return to Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Ana Ivanovic of Serbia serves the ball to Virginie Razzano of France during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal of Spain serves during a training session at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The Championships start Monday, with defending men's champion Roger Federer of Switzerland attempting to win the title for the eighth time. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic prepares to receive a serve from Varvara Lepchenko of United States during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • James Middleton, right, and Pippa Middleton, centre, the siblings of Britain's Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton await the start of play on Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Victor Hanescu of Romania during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives at Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Lauren Davis of the United States returns the ball to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Sara Errani of Italy returns the ball to Monica Puig of Puerto Rico in their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Steve Darcis of Belgium grimaces during his Men's first round singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic returns the ball to Lauren Davis of the United States during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Lauren Davis of the United States falls on the the court during her Women's first round singles match against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Monica Puig of Puerto Rico returns the ball to Sara Errani of Italy during their Women's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, second from right, is helped up after taking a fall during her Women's first round singles match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a return to Steve Darcis of Belgium during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

  • Steve Darcis of Belgium plays a return to Rafael Nadal of Spain during their Men's first round singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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    Belgium's Steve Darcis returns against Spain's Rafael Nadal against during their men's first round match on day one of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Spain's Rafael Nadal returns against Belgium's Steve Darcis during their men's first round match on day one of the 2013 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)