Sharapova and Pennetta reach third round

Mar 14, 2015; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Maria Sharapova (RUS) during her second round match against Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Sharapova won 6-1, 7-5.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


(Reuters) – Twice winner Maria Sharapova and reigning champion Flavia Pennetta evolved to the 0.33 round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, even though in sharply contrasting type.

Russian Sharapova, the 2d seed, made a rapid begin to overpower Belgian Yanina Wickmayer early on however then ran into so much stiffer resistance faster than grinding out a 6-1 7-5 win after one hour and forty five minutes of baseline fight.

Fifteenth-seeded Italian Pennetta overcame an preliminary bout of nerves to complete robust as she launched her title security with a commanding 6-Four 6-2 win over American Madison Brengle within the first wholesome of the day on the stadium court docket.

Sharapova, champion at Indian Wells in 2006 and 2013, broke Wickmayer’s serve Thrice to comb through the opening set in merely over 1/2 of an hour, a crunching forehand crosscourt winner striking her until now 6-1.

on the other hand, the Belgian was once a very totally different proposition inside the 2nd set which went with no bother with serve except a marathon Tenth game where Wickmayer saved Four go well with elements earlier than retaining to stage at 5-5.

Sharapova held serve to lead 6-5 and in the end transformed a sixth suit point within the Twelfth when the Belgian hit a backhand lengthy.

“She’s a hard opponent,” world amount two Sharapova mentioned in a courtside interview. “She hits the ball quiet laborious and has an incredible serve. The second set was a distinct story.”

The Russian will subsequent meet Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who beat Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-Four.

Pennetta, highest recognized for her doubles prowess, broke her opponent as soon as in a tightly contested opening set and twice additional throughout the 2nd to wrap up victory in Seventy 5 minutes at a sunlight-drenched Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“I used to be once frightened to start with,” the 33-year-previous from Brindisi mentioned after ending the wholesome with a rasping forehand crosscourt winner.

“Last year right here, I performed so Smartly and i’ve such very good recollections. This morning I aroused from sleep and i used to be slightly bit shaky. So I was looking to be bearing in mind what I wanted to do, and no longer rush.

“That was critical nowadays,” mentioned the Italian, a winner of 10 WTA titles who had lost to Brengle in straight units of their easiest previous assembly eight years previously.

Pennetta will subsequent meet both American Taylor Townsend or Australian Samantha Stosur who have been playing afterward Saturday.

In other matches, fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark battled past Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 7-6(3) 6-4 and fifth-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic, the 2008 champion right here, hammered Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-1.

Sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada will face Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in Saturday’s night come throughout.

(Enhancing through Gene Cherry/Peter Rutherford)

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