World No.1 and top seed Iga Swiatek got her title defence off to a dominant start with a 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Claire Liu in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters here on Saturday.
“Tactically and tennis-wise, everything was on point,” said Swiatek.
Emma Raducanu knocked out Polish 20th seed Magda Linette 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 to notch up her biggest victory since triumphing at the US Open in 2021.
The 20-year-old Briton fell into a 1-4 first set hole but rallied from there, dictating points with her forehand to push Linette deep into the court.
She will next face Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia, who was a 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 winner over Czech Katerina Siniakova.
Tournament debutant Czech Karolina Muchova scored an impressive 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win over two-time champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.
Andy Murray enjoyed a rare straight-sets win over Radu Albot of Moldova 6-4, 6-3 to set up an all-British third-round showdown with Jack Draper. Murray said he expects a great match against a player he has mentored. The 21-year-old Draper beat countryman Dan Evans 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.
Defending champion Taylor Fritz overcame a stiff challenge from fellow American Ben Shelton to advance into the third round with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.