Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Azarenka saves match points, Wozniacki advances.
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.