Maria Sharapova defeats Sorana Cirstea

BEIJING: World number two Maria Sharapova  made light work of her second-round match at the China Open  in Beijing on Wednesday, progressing to the last 16 with ease.

The Russian number two seed defeated Romania’s Sorana Cristea, ranked 29th in the WTA standings, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

The 25-year-old will face Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, 90th in the rankings, in the third round.

Elsewhere Wednesday there was a shock in the last 16 when Romina Oprandi of Switzerland beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic  in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals.

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