Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Azarenka saves match points, Wozniacki advances.

Following straightforward wins in her first two matches at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, WTA No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was made to work for a place in the quarter-finals, rallying past Russian Alisa Kleybanova 2-6 6-3 6-1 in one hour and 55 minutes Tuesday in Indian Wells.

Wozniacki made a slow start to the match, winning just four points on return and dropping serve twice, before gaining her footing.

“It was a tough match,” admitted the top seed and 2010 finalist. “I think I made a little bit too many unforced errors in the beginning. She started well, she started aggressively, but I just couldn't find my rhythm out there.

“Then second set I just told myself I needed to move my feet a little bit more. I need to have a little bit more margin over the net and from the lines, and things started to go my way a little bit more and I started to play better.”

Wozniacki advances to the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals for a third straight year and will next confront a good friend, No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

“We were competing together when we were both young, under 18s,” the 20-year-old Dane said. “One of our first tournaments we played on the WTA was in Memphis, and we played doubles together there. We made it to the finals.

“We just have such a nice friendship. She's such a good girl. I really enjoy spending time with her. It's just great that we're two friends who are doing well, and wish each other well.”

Azarenka saved four match points to battle past No. 9 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) after three hours and four minutes. The 21 year old will be looking to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals for a second time.


Carlos said...

This will be "the battle for the eggs". Angry Bird's eggs vs. The Big Stuffed (Easter) Bunny's eggs. :P Who will steal who's eggs first. :P

I will take The Big Stuffed Bunny, I think Angry Bird spent too much energy, mental energy, and on court time. Even though The Bunny's match went to a third set, she cruised over Kleybanova 6-1 in the last set.

Angry Bird became the executioner for anyone with the last name Radwanska. :P

True story I saw the scoreboard of the Angry Bird/Aggie match it was heading to third set set. I went to take a shower, I shaved, I took my time as I usually do. I came out an hour later and the Aggie /Angry Bird match was on the tie break. Ooops I over shared. O_o But that match seemed to go forever.

Emily or as Carlos likes to call me "Captain" said...

Hahaha, love the "battle for the eggs" title. And I have Azarenka taking the eggs!

Azarenka will definatly be able to take out the bunny, and maintain her standard for a whole match.

Ahahaha you must have had quite the long shower!

Carlos said...

Captain you have no idea how many people complain that I take way too much time when I take a shower. It is like I take a shower in slow motion. Oh boy I'm in over share mode.

Captain it seems that The Big Stuffed Bunny has the number on Azarenka, all because the bird can't keep her cool. "The Battle For The Eggs" will go to The Big Bunny, I hope the ad signs have insurance coverage. :P

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