Indian Wells, CA (Sports Network) - Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and
Petra Kvitova each earned victories during Friday's second round at the $5.186
million BNP Paribas Open.
Second-seeded Sharapova, who titled here in 2006 and was last year's Indian
Wells runner-up, needed just over an hour to breeze past Italian Francesca
Schiavone 6-2, 6-1 on the hardcourts at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Radwanska advanced in much the same fashion, as the third-seeded Pole pounded
American Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-1 in a little over 66 minutes.
Sharapova will take on Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, who disposed of
compatriot Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1, while Radwanska faces off with
Sorana Cirstea in the third round after the 27th-seeded Romanian outlasted
Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Former Wimbledon champion Kvitova had a much tougher time en route to her
second-round victory, but the fifth-seeded Czech left-hander, who titled in
Dubai two weeks ago, overcame Belarusian Olga Govortsova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Kvitova will meet Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko in the round of 32. The qualifier
Tsurenko doused 31st-seeded Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Day 3.
Sixth-seeded Italian Sara Errani snuck past Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino
6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to advance to the third round where she will meet Swede Johanna
Larsson, who knocked off 26th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-5,
Ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, the 2001 Indian Wells runner-up,
blasted Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 6-3. Bartoli will meet Svetlana Kuznetsova
in the round of 32 after the unranked Russian upset 18th-seeded and 2010
Indian Wells titlist Jelena Jankovic 0-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, this week's 12th-seed, earned a hard-fought, 7-5,
7-6 (7-3) victory over Simona Halep. Cibulkova will take on Klara Zakopalova
after the 19th-seeded Czech outlasted Shahar Peer 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-3.
Thirteenth-seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko defeated American Christina McHale
4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and will take on Mallory Burdette in the third round after the
American qualifier upended 23rd-seeded Tamira Paszek 7-6 (7-0), 6-1.
Fourteenth-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci rolled past Ksenia Pervak 6-3, 6-4, to
advance to the third round where she will meet Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-
Veci, who ousted 22nd-seeded American Varvara Lepchecnko 6-1, 6-4.
This Premier Mandatory WTA event will pay its newest champion $1 million.
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