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Azarenka, Sharapova advance to China Open quarters

Updated: October 4, 2012, 7:56 AM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and No. 2 Maria Sharapova reached the China Open quarterfinals Thursday with straight-set wins.

Azarenka easily beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-3, 6-3, while Sharapova defeated Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog 6-0, 6-2.

Azarenka will next face Romina Oprandi of Switzerland, while Sharapova will play either Angelique Kerber of Germany or former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

"I played really well in the beginning and got a little ...

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