Indian Wells: Halep cruises past King

Halep had lost the only previous clash between the pair, although that was in 2010, but a repeat never looked likely. She took control from the outset as she returned to some form, having struggled this year due to injuries.

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Romanian Simona Halep finished with 18 winners in an excellent display as she set up a clash against Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova.

Simona Halep made a dream start to her BNP Paribas Open title defence with a thrashing of Vania King on Friday. The Romanian fifth seed crushed American King 6-1 6-1 in just 55 minutes in the second round at Indian Wells.

Halep had lost the only previous clash between the pair, although that was in 2010, but a repeat never looked likely. She took control from the outset as she returned to some form, having struggled this year due to injuries.

From 1-1 in the first set, Halep won nine straight games as she blitzed into a 4-0 lead in the second before closing out her win.

Halep finished with 18 winners in an excellent display as she set up a clash against Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova, a player she has beaten in two of their three meetings.

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Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska survived a scare to defeat Slovakian veteran Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in her opening Indian Wells match.

Radwanska struggled at times during the two hour, 41 minute match but she managed to keep intact her record of never having lost in the first round in 10 straight appearances in the WTA and ATP hardcourt event at Indian Wells.

Radwanska, who turned 25 on Sunday, won three tournaments in 2015. She has made the semi-finals in all three tournaments she has played this year, winning the title in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen was her 18th career WTA singles title.

She finished with six aces, just one double fault and won 56 percent of her first serve points on Friday.

She advances to the third round, where she will face Monica Niculescu, who beat Heather Watson 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

In other women's matches on Friday, ninth seed Petra Kvitova needed three sets to beat Danka Kovinic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) and Jelena Jankovic dominated Carina Witthoeft 6-1, 6-3.