• Indian Wells

Sharapova and Na advance with ease

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
After declaring men should play three sets rather than five, Maria Sharapova began her title defence with a win © Getty Images

Top-seeded Li Na beat Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie 6-1 7-5 on Saturday in the second round of Indian Wells.

Li is playing her second event since winning the Australian Open.

"This is the first match after Doha, two weeks, and of course for I cannot be 100% for the first match," Li said. "But I was happy. At least I can learn something from today's match."

Li will face Karolina Pliskova, a 7-5 6-2 winner over No. 28 Klara Zakopalova. Fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova opened her title defence with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges.

Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova also won early matches.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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