Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sharapova safely through, Errani reaches 20 wins

Former champion Maria Sharapova survived a tough battle with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro on Sunday, winning 7-5,6-3 to book her place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. The Russian, champion here in 2006, will next face Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino, who beat Roberta Vinci of Italy in three sets. In other matches on Sunday, Czech Klara Zakopalova overcame Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 6-4,7-5 and Russian Maria Kirilenko scraped past American qualifier Mallory Burdette 6-3,4-6,6-2. Errani is the WTA's match win leader for the year, and now she is the first to cross 20 wins of this season. Errani outclassed Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3,6-1 to clinch her 20th victory in the third round. Errani won Acapulco last week and reached the finals in Paris and Dubai.

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