Acapulco, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Australian Open runner-up and No. 1 seed Maria Sharapova cruised to a second-round victory, while second-seeded Sara Errani was sent home Wednesday at the Mexican Open tennis event.
Sharapova needed just 68 minutes to dispatch Colombian lucky loser Mariana Duque-Marino 6-1, 6-2 on the hardcourts at the Acapulco Princess.
Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova will face Sharapova in the quarterfinals after routing Romanian qualifier Elena Bogdan 6-0, 6-2.
Errani, who won back-to-back titles here in 2012 and 2013, was handily defeated by Puerto Rican Monica Puig 6-1, 6-1.
Caroline Garcia, seeded third, beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-2, 6-3, while fifth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky battled past Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).
Also on Day 3, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni edged Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5, Johanna Larsson topped Aleksandra Krunic 6-1, 6-2 and lucky loser Sesil Karatantcheva defeated Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-4.
This week's winner will pocket $43,000.