Kvitova and Kirilenko advance to third round of Indian Wells

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5th seeded Czech, Petra Kvitova, had a real battle on her hands when she took to the court at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells for her first match against 67th ranked Olga Govortsova of Belarus. Kvitova had a bye in the first round while Govortsova had taken out Mandy Minella in her first round match in three hard fought sets, 6-2 3-6 6-3. In the end, the Czech prevailed by exactly the same score line as Govortsova had won her match, after just over two hours and twenty minutes on court.

13th seeded Russian, Maria Kirilenko who also had a first round bye took on the American, Christina McHale, in her first match of the tournament. The American made a flying start, taking the first set 6-4 and immediately getting a break in the second set before the Russian found her range and managed to pull back to deficit to take the second set by the same margin, before racing through the decider 6-1.

The 14th seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, who was yet another player who earned a bye in the first round, played Kazakhstan’s Ksenia Pervak in the second round. Pervak, who had defeated Zie Zheng in first round, had no answers to Vinci’s solid game and the Italian won this match 6-3 6-4 in just under an hour and a half.

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