Madrid, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Reigning champion Maria Sharapova, former titlist Petra Kvitova and seventh seed Ana Ivanovic were among Tuesday's second-round winners at the Madrid Open tennis event.
The third-seeded former world No. 1 Sharapova blitzed Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino 6-1, 6-2.
"She is someone who, if you give her time, creates angles, slices and usually drop shots a lot more than she did in this match because she has the hands and the ability to do so," Sharapova said.
The French Open champion Sharapova topped Romanian Simona Halep in last year's Madrid finale and was the 2013 runner-up here to American great Serena Williams.
Meanwhile, the fourth-seeded Kvitova held off American Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and the former top-ranked star Ivanovic cooled off last week's Marrakech champ Elina Svitolina, of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4 on the red clay at the Magic Box.
The Wimbledon champion Kvitova was a Madrid titlist in 2011.
In other action involving seeds, No. 10 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain drove out German qualifier Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5, rising Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia took out No. 14 Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upended No. 15 Italian Sara Errani 3-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4. Pliskova was fresh off her clay-court title in Prague.
Also on Day 4, Czech Barbora Strycova topped American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-2 and former world No. 1 and two-time Madrid runner-up Victoria Azarenka erased Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-3.
Azarenka is rewarded with a third-round match against the current world No. 1 Williams, who captured back-to-back Madrid titles in 2012 and 2013 and has yet to lose this year, going 22-0. The powerful American has won her last 25 matches overall, dating back to November.
Williams is 14-3 lifetime against Azarenka, including a victory in the 2012 Madrid final.
Some other third-round matches will pit Sharapova against Garcia; Kvitova versus Pavlyuchenkova; fifth-seeded former No. 1 and 2009 Madrid runner-up Caroline Wozniacki against ninth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska; and Ivanovic versus Suarez Navarro.