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Indian Wells: Sania Mirza-Cara Black book last eight slot

Monday, 10 March 2014 - 6:40am IST | Agency: dna

Sania-Cara book last eight slot

Fifth seeds Sania Mirza and Cara Black reached the quarterfinals of the WTA Paribas Open following a straight sets victory over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

The Indo-Zimbabwean pair beat the unseeded American combo 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 12 minutes in the second round of the $5,946,740 hard court Premier WTA tournament.

Elsewhere, Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer moved into the third rund of the hardcourt ATP Masters tournament on Saturday with a 6-2 7-6 (7/5) victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Russian Maria Sharapova made a strong start to her Indian Wells WTA title defence on Saturday with a 6-1 6-4, victory over Julia Goerges.

Rafael Nadal's Indian Wells title defence got off to a rocky start on Saturday, as the world number one was forced to rally for a three-set victory over Radek Stepanek. Nadal needed nearly two and a half hours to get past the talented Czech 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, eight double faults doing little to help his cause in the second-round clash.

Australian Open champion Li Na overcame familiar foe Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament.

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