“I tried to do some (different) things out there,” Hingis said. “I wanted to come in more and I won a lot of points at the net, so that’s satisfying. Maybe I can bring that in against the top players as well.” Sharapova, ranked No. 1 the world, began her title defense with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Michaella Krajicek. INDIAN WELLS – Martina Hingis led the expected parade of seeded players into the third round of the Pacific Life Open, and former finalist Gustavo Kuerten bowed out in the first round of the men’s draw Friday. The third-seeded Hingis, the tournament winner in 1998 and a two-time runner-up, took her first step toward a possible semifinal meeting with top-seeded defending champion Maria Sharapova, beating 16-year-old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-1, 6-3. Kuerten, a three-time French Open champion and an Indian Wells finalist in 2003, is struggling in his comeback from a hip injury. The Brazilian star is 2-6 this year after his 7-6 (5), 6-2 loss to Juan Martin del Potro, an Argentine ranked No.65. “Especially the first set, I had my chances,” said Kuerten, who played only one ATP Tour match last year. “I think the match could be very different if I had won the set. I would be much more confident. Instead of that, I was very frustrated because I knew to go all the way around (to win), the three (sets) would be really tough for me. I just need to get a little bit more consistency, and then just getting maybe some more endurance, too, would help me.” The 96-player men’s draw, like the women’s, gave byes to the 32 seeded players, so none of them were in action Friday, when Americans Vince Spadea and Paul Goldstein were among the first-round winners. No. 7 Jelena Jankovic, No. 8 Anna Chakvetadze and No. 11 Shahar Peer all advanced in straight sets, while No. 14 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and No. 19 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic survived three-set challenges. Hantuchova, the 2002 tournament champion, outlasted Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!