World number two Simona Halep cruised into the third round at Indian Wells on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Barbora Strycova.
Halep, who lifted the Indian Wells WTA trophy in 2015, improved to 5-0 against the Czech veteran, who has never taken a set from the Romanian. Halep belted 18 winners and converted six of 11 reak point chances as she set up a third-round meeting with Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Kozlova, a 6-4, 2-6, 6-0 winner over 31st-seeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus. Halep and Strycova traded four breaks of serve as the second set moved to 4-4. After Halep held for a 5-4 lead she broke Strycova in the final game, pocketing the win on her second match point. She was pleased with the start, in windy, increasingly chilly conditions.