Maria Sharapova stepped it up when she had to on Tuesday to set up an Indian Wells quarter-final clash with Sara Errani, a rematch of last year's French Open final.
Russia's Sharapova defeated Errani in straight sets in the championship match at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam.
The Russian star, who won Indian Wells in 2006 and finished runner-up last year to Victoria Azarenka, started slowly against Spain's Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino but turned up the heat to win 7-5, 6-0.
Novak Djokovic admitted it wasn’t pretty, but the world No 1 got the job done Tuesday with a 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 third-round win over Grigor Dimitrov.
“It wasn’t really a beautiful match to watch,” Djokovic said.
“There were a lot of unforced errors, and we both looked quite sluggish on the court, very slow.”