Second-seeded Radwanska wins Indian Wells opener
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland serves to Heather Watson of Great Britain during the BNP Parabas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 7, 2014 in Indian Wells, California - by Matthew Stockman
Poland's Radwanska, ranked number three in the world, needed one hour and 24 minutes to get past the 134th-ranked Watson 6-4, 6-3. She next faces either Russian Elena Vesnina or Germany's Annika Beck.
"The first match is always challenging," said Radwanska, who like all 32 men's and women's seeds enjoyed a first-round bye.
In a match littered with service breaks, she held serve to finish out the match, giving herself another reason to celebrate a day after her 25th birthday.