Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - American Madison Keys cruised into the
second round Wednesday, while former champion Vera Zvonareva and Acapulco
runner-up Christina McHale both came up first-round losers at the $5.9 million
BNP Paribas Open tennis event.
Keys sailed to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in just
under 54 minutes on the hardcourts at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Chinese Peng Shuai dismissed the two-time Grand Slam runner-up and one-time
world No. 2 Zvonareva, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5. The wild card Zvonareva was the Indian
Wells champ back in 2009.
Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua sent the American McHale packing with a
7-6 (7-4), 6-4 triumph. The 21-year-old McHale made her first-ever WTA final
last week in Acapulco, where she lost to Dominika Cibulkova.
Meanwhile, Spaniard Silvia Soler-Espinosa was tied with former top-10 star
Nadia Petrova 1-1 in the first set when the oft-injured Russian wild card
retired on Day 1.
American Lauren Davis handled qualifier Yung-Jan Chan of Taipei 6-4, 6-3,
while American wild card Shelby Rogers topped Czech Petra Cetkovska 6-0, 6-4,
and Serbian Bojana Jovanovski dismissed American Alison Riske 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Davis is rewarded with a second-round match against former world No. 1
American Varvara Lepchenko moved on with a straight-set victory, while
Canadian qualifier Sharon Fichman needed all three sets to take down Israel's
Shahar Peer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Japan's Kurumi Nara, Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova, France's Kristina
Mladenovic and Great Britain's Heather Watson each advanced, while Belgian
Yanina Wickmayer, German Annika Beck and Austrian Yvonne Meusburger also
earned first-round wins on Wednesday.
This week's top seeds are Australian Open champ Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska,
the U.S. Open runner-up Azarenka, and French Open runner-up and reigning
Indian Wells titlist Maria Sharapova, who topped 2011 champion and two-time
Indian Wells runner-up Caroline Wozniacki in last year's finale. Sharapova
also won this event in 2006 and was the runner-up to Azarenka in 2012.
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