MARCH 11 2012 04:05h

Wozniacki wins second-round match

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- Caroline Wozniacki, seeking a return to the form that made her No. 1 in the world, stormed into the second round Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open.

Wozniacki has yet to play for a title this year and that has cost her the No. 1 ranking she held at the end of both 2010 and 2011.

She lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to Kim Clijsters, was eliminated in her first match in Doha and fell in the semifinals to Julia Goerges in Dubai.

Now ranked fourth, Wozniacki made it to the third round of this tournament with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Ekaterina Makarova. She will next face Sofia Arvidsson, who recorded a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 26 seed Monica Niculescu.

No. 6 Samantha Stosur joined the seeded players reaching the third round with 6-0, 6-3 win over Irina Falconi. Tenth-seeded Francesca Schiavone also moved on, posting a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Lesia Tsurenko, and No. 15 Ana Ivanovic breezed by Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2.

The new world No. 1 and Australian Open champion, Victoria Azarenka, will try to remain unbeaten in 2012 Sunday when she faces Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round.