Li wins Indian Wells opener
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Li Na was among the second- round winners Saturday at the $5.9 million BNP Paribas Open tennis event at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Chinese star and reigning Australian Open champion beat countrywoman Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5. Li is making her seventh appearance at this lucrative hardcourt tournament, with her best result being a semifinal berth in 2007.
Up next for Li will be Karolina Pliskova, who took out fellow Czech Klara Zakopalova, the 28th seed, 7-5, 6-2.
Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Czech Petra Kvitova defeated American wild card Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-3 and 11th-seeded Serbian Ana Ivanovic rallied to beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-1).
Twelfth-seeded Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, 21st-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 27th-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced.