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Sharapova, Radwanska, Kvitova advance at Indian Wells

1:52 AM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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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, 6-1.

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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