Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has trounced Vera Lapko 6-2 6-3 while Johanna Konta crushed France’s Pauline Parmentier to win in opening round action at the BNP Paribas Open in California.
Azarenka came from behind 2-0 slamming off six straight games to make a quick work of Lapko in the California desert to set up a second-round clash with Serena Williams.
Konta’s sharp serving was too much for France’s Pauline Parmentier to contain as the Briton coasted to a 6-2 6-3 win to set up a second-round clash with Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.
Two young Americans also qualified for the next round on Wednesday as 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova crushed Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic 6-0 6-4 and 20-year-old Sofia Kenin came from behind to dispatch China’s Wang Yafan 1-6 7-5 6-4.
Czech Barbora Strycova, China’s Zhang Shuai, American Jennifer Brady and German Tatjana Maria were among the other players to advance at the event in Indian Wells.
Meanwhile, Canadian Bianca Andreescu, fresh off her semi-final debut at the Mexican Open in Acapulco last week, defeated Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3 to set up a second round battle with Dominika Cibulkova.
By Olukayode Oniwinde