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Sharapova, Burdette earn second-round wins

March 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM   |   Comments

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 9 (UPI) -- Maria Sharapova breezed into the third round of the BNP Paribas Friday and 16-year-old American Mallory Burdette picked up a big win as well.

Sharapova, the tournament's No. 2 seed behind Victoria Azarenka, stormed past Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-2 on the first day seeded players were in action.

That created a third-round matchup against 25th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro, who was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Silvia Soler-Espinosa. It will be the first meeting between Sharapova and Suarez Navarro.

Burdette, having recovered from minor wrist surgery late last year, continued to impress in her first WTA event of the season.

Having tried and failed to qualify for two previous tournaments this year, she won two qualifying matches this week just to get in the field and now has advanced to the third round.

After downing veteran Jilly Craybas in the opening round on Wednesday, Burdette defeated No. 23 seed Tamira Paszek 7-6 (7-0), 6-1.

Burdette will take on 13th-seeded Maria Kirilenko in the third round after Kirilenko fought past Christine McHale 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In another surprise Svetlana Kuznetsova ousted No. 18 Jelena Jankovic 0-6, 6-2, 7-5. Fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova got past Olga Govortsova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and No. 6 Sara Errani survived against Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Other second-round winners included Lesia Tsurenko, Dominka Cibulkova, Sorana Cirstea, Johanna Larsson, Roberta Vinci and third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who breezed by Maria Sanchez 6-2, 6-1.

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