Sharapova and Kvitova advance to the last 16 in Indian Wells

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2nd seeded Maria Sharapova had to pull out all the stops in her match against Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, the 25th seed. The diminutive Spaniard, just five foot four inches tall, has a beautiful and lethal one handed backhand and plays some glorious angled shots with it, which earned her a lot of points against her six foot two inch Russian opponent, enabling her to go up 5-4 and 3-2 in each set, but Sharapova moved up a gear in her usual manner and took the match 7-5 6-3. She will next play 87th ranked Lara Arruabarrena of Spain.

Petra Kvitova, the tournament’s 5th seed, easily took the first set against Lesia Tsurenko, the 74th ranked qualifier from Ukraine 6-2, but was made to work much harder in the second set. The slow courts are not the Czech’s favourite surface and, with more aggression, Tsurenko took her to a tie break, which Kvitova managed to close out 7-5 to set up a meeting with 19th seed Klara Zakopalova in the fourth round.

13th seed Maria Kirilenko had to battle for every point in her two and three quarter hour marathon match against the 125th ranked qualifier from the United States, Mallory Burnett. The Russian took the first set 6-3 but the American took the second 6-4 to force a decider, which Kirilenko then took relatively easily 6-2. She will meet Agnieszka Radwanska next.

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