With Serena Williams continuing her boycott of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells for the 12th straight year, world number two Victoria Azarenka is the top seed at this year’s tournament. She took on the Slovakian veteran, Daniela Hantuchova, now ranked at 73, in her first match, having had a bye in the first round. Hantuchova beat Stephanie Foretz Gacon in a three setter in her first round match. In the first set the Slovak gave Azarenka a run for her money before she submitted to the greater power and precision of the top seed who took the set 6-4 before running away with the second set 6-1 in a match that lasted just over an hour and a half. Her next opponent will be 28th seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium.
Germany’s Mona Barthel, the tournament’s 24th seed and world number 28, played against the young Dutch player, Kiki Bertens, who is ranked at 44. Barthel is known to really whack the ball and is sometimes very inconsistent, but in this match she was just too strong for Bertens, taking game, set and match 6-1 6-4 in exactly one hour on court. She will next face off against 11th seed Ana Ivanovic.