Maria Sharapova, Radwanska advance at Indian Wells
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Former champion Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a ruthless 6-2 6-1 demolition of Italy's Francesca Schiavone on Friday.
Despite tricky court conditions on a chilly and blustery afternoon at the California desert venue, the Russian world number three delivered a superb display of deep, accurate groundstrokes to seal victory in just over an hour.
Second-seeded Sharapova, champion here in 2006, broke Schiavone's serve three times in each set and will next face Carla Suarez Navarro, a 6-1 6-1 winner over fellow Spaniard Silvia Soler Espinosa.
"We broke each other back and forth in the beginning of the first set, and then she had a few opportunities," Sharapova told reporters after both players wore leggings on a surprisingly cold day at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
"But once I started being a little bit more aggressive I felt like I had an edge on her. She's a tough first round, that's for sure. She likes those centre court matches. She lives in those opportunities.
"She makes you hit so many balls and she has such a great slice. But, again, that's when she has time to do all that. I try to take that away from her, right from the beginning."
Schiavone, who claimed her only grand slam singles title at the 2010 French Open, has slipped to 47th in the world rankings from a career-high fourth.
In the evening match, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland wasted little time in crushing American teenager Maria Sanchez 6-2 6-1 and will next meet Romania's Sorana Cirstea, who came back to beat Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 4-6 6-3 6-1.
Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced to the third round on Friday, recovering from a poor start after discarding her long tights to upset 18th-seeded Serb Jelena Jankovic 0-6 6-2 7-5.
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