Maria Sharapova cruises into Indian Wells third round

World No. 5 Maria Sharapova needed just 66 minutes to get past the unseeded Julia Goerges of Germany in her opening match.

updated: March 09, 2014 10:18 IST
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Indian Wells: Russian Maria Sharapova made a strong start to her Indian Wells WTA title defence on Saturday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges. Sharapova, seeded fourth, needed just 66 minutes to get past the unseeded German on the Stadium Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Although she had seven double-faults, she didn't face a break point as she advanced her bid to add a third title in the California desert to go with those she won last year and in 2006.

The former world number one and four-time Grand Slam champion's 2013 campaign was cut short in August by a shoulder injury that ruled her out of the US Open.

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