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Maria Sharapova wins opening match

Updated: March 8, 2013, 10:54 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Maria Sharapova began her pursuit of a second BNP Paribas Open title with an easy victory, and Svetlana Kuznetsova came back from a first-set whitewashing to win as the second round began and the seeded players joined the action Friday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Sharapova, who won the title in 2006 and lost to top-seeded Victoria Azarenka in last year's fiinal, was a perfect 6 for 6 on break point against No. 47 Francesca Schiavone of Italy and wrapped ...

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