Kirilenko beats A.Radwanska to reach Indian Wells QFs, Sharapova also wins

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In the third 4th round match at Indian Wells on Tuesday, the 2nd seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova, took on the fast rising Spaniard, Lara Arruabarreno-Vecino, who is ranked at 87. The Spaniard broke to lead 2-0 but the Russian broke back to 3-3 and games then went with serve until Sharapova got the vital break in the eleventh game to lead 6-5, but the Spaniard broke again to force a breaker, which Sharapova took 7-3. The Spaniard started the second set but Sharapova had broken the Spaniard’s spirit and she did not let her get another game for a 6-0 set.

13th seeded Russian Maria Kirilenko caused the first real upset when she defeated the tournament’s 3rd seed, Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Kirilenko came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and allowed the usually steady Radwanska only one game in the first eight, to lead 6-1 1-0, but the Pole fought back to pull the second set at 6-4. She lead 3-1 in the decider, but Kirilenko then won four games on the trot to lead 5-3. After just under two and a half hours, Kirilenko closed out the set 7-5 to set up a meeting with Petra Kvitova.


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