Tuesday March 12, 2013
Sharapova smashes her way into the fourth round
INDIAN WELLS (California): Second-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova secured her fourth-round berth at the Indian Wells tennis tournament on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.
Sharapova, whose French Open triumph last year gave her a career Grand Slam, wasn’t at her best against the Spaniard ranked 21st in the world, but she battled through to book a clash with either 14th-seeded Italy Roberta Vinci or Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino.
“I thought it was a tough one,” Sharapova said.
“She’s a quality player, capable of playing some really good tennis. She’s beaten top players in Grand Slams before and has a really solid game with a lot of variety.
“There are a few things I want to improve on, but I was happy I got through on not a great day,” she added.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland dropped a first-set tiebreaker but rallied for a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
Fifth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, had slightly less trouble emerging with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, while sixth-seeded Italian Sara Errani sailed through, defeating Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-3, 6-1. — AFP