Rain at Roland Garros ensured the 2012 champion had to endure a delay of more than an hour before getting her campaign under way.
Yet the Russian wasted little time thereafter, displaying imperious form to win 6-1 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Pervak, ranked 156 in the world, struggled to settle and failed to win a single service game in the opening set as Sharapova displayed plenty of attacking intent.
Sharapova’s powerful ground strokes and movement around the court proved too much for her opponent to handle, and Pervak all too often made errors to give away points.
The underdog finally held serve at the start of the second set, only for Sharapova to reel off five games in succession.
Pervak delayed the inevitable by winning her third game of the match, but the world number eight duly served out the match with minimal fuss.
Sharapova will now meet Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round after the latter defeated Annika Beck on Sunday.
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