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Some of the top women in the world made short work of their first-round opponents at Indian Wells Friday.

Kim Clijsters, Vera Zvonareva, Francesca Schiavone and Jelena Jankovic all raced to two set wins on Day Three of the BNP Paribas Open, moving all of them into the third round.

Ranked No. 2 in the world, Clijsters crushed Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 6-0, needing just 52 minutes to do so. Clijsters broke her opponent six times and won a dazzling 16 of 18 second serve return points in the efficient win. The Australian Open champ is now 17-2 on the season.

The win puts her in the third round against 29th-seeded Sara Errani, who outlasted Jarmila Groth 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 despite being out-aced 9-0.

Schiavone defeated the Czech Republic's Zuzana Ondraskova, 6-2, 6-0, breaking her five times and hitting 12 of 17 first serves for winners. Schiavone will take on former Top 5 player Alize Cornet, who pulled the minor upset of 30th-seeded Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Jankovic gave no quarter to American Coco Vandeweghe, dismantling her 6-2, 6-1 with near flawless first serves and a bevy of return points. The No. 6 seed moves on to face 32nd-seeded Julia Georges, who defeated Sybille Bammer, 6-1, 6-3.

Zvonareva, the champion here in 2009, defeated Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 7-6(4) to move on to face 25th-seeded Dominka Cibulkova, who defeated Sania Mirza, 6-3, 6-3.

Other Friday winners among the women were 17th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova; 10th-seeded Shahar Peer; 14th-seeded Kaia Kanepi; 23rd-seeded Yanina Wickmayer; Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, who upset 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova; 15th-seeeded Marion Bartoli and 21st-seeded Andrea Petkovic.

 

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