Monday, March 14, 2011
Kim lucky to survive, Vera knocked out in Marathon.
Clijsters admitted she wasn’t overly pleased with her performance, but drew on the positives. “I played a tricky player who played a good match, and I was still able to win without being close to coming to my best level,” she said. “That's the positive thing. I also know that for my next match everything will have to be a lot better. That's what my goal will be for that next match, is trying to achieve that.”
Clijsters, who has reached the final in all three of her main draw appearances this season, next plays France’s Marion Bartoli. The No. 15 seed defeated 21st-seeded German Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-2.
“Bartoli is a player who hits the ball very fast, likes to play into the court, and also likes girls who play fast,” she said. “I'm going to have to try and mix it up a little bit more. And obviously, she's not a bad mover, but she's not the greatest mover out there, so I'm going to have to really try and go for those lines and make her move and not let her go into the court and dictate and let her use those down the lines too much.”
The 27-year-old Clijsters made her return to the desert in 2010 after a four-year absence. She won the title in 2003 and ’05 (d. Davenport both times) and was also a finalist in 2001 (l. to S. Williams).
Reigning Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone, the No. 5 seed, extended her winning record against French qualifier Alize Cornet to 7-1, capitalising on four of nine break points en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory. The Italian is through to the fourth round for just the second time in 10 event apperances, also reaching this stage in 2008 (l. to Ivanovic).
Schiavone next plays 10th-seeded Israeli Shahar Peer, who needed two hours and 17 minutes to defeat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6 6-3 7-5.
Belgian Yanina Wickmayer advanced with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 win over No. 14 seed Kaia Kanepi, and will face Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round after the Slovakian upset World No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 after three hours and eight minutes in the final match on Stadium One and having saved five match points.
It marked Zvonareva’s earliest exit in Indian Wells, where she had reached the fourth round or better in her six previous visits. The 26 year old had won both the singles and doubles titles at the BNP Paribas Open in 2009.