Serbian duo post early wins at Indian Wells.


Ana Ivanovic defeated Japan’s Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-4, 6-2 to step into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The 23-year-old showed great consistency and never lost serve during 71 minutes of play on the Stadium 1 Court. Ana started brightly and broke Date-Krumm in the opening game of the match. Although the 40-year-old veteran posed a continuous threat with her typically solid play, Ana held the advantage and sealed the set. The former world No. 1 made an impressive start in the second set, breaking the Japanese to love, followed up by a classy service game with big first serves and a number of piercing forehand winners. She broke once more in the fifth game and raced out to a 5-1 lead. With the end in sight, Date-Krumm wangled her first break points, but Ana was determined not to spend more time on court than necessary. She saved both break points and clinched the match. Ana will face world No.57 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in round three on Sunday. Zahlavova Strycova recovered from a set down to upset 12th seed Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Jelena Jankovic defeated Coco Vandeweghe 6-2 6-1 to stay on course for a successful defence of her BNP Paribas Open title. The former world number one – currently ranked number six – is bidding to become the only woman to win at Indian Wells two years in a row since Martina Navratilova completed the feat in 1991. Australian Open winner Kim Clijsters, a two-time former winner, needed just 51 minutes to see off Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2 6-0.

Elsewhere in the second round there were wins for Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone, Yanina Wickmayer, Marion Bartoli, Sara Errani, Alize Cornet, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


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