Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wozniacki races to 4th round.
“She's a very different player; you don't get any rhythm against her,” said Wozniacki. “And for me today, it was important to move my feet, try to get as many returns back, and it helped me a little bit that she didn't get too many first serves in so I could go in and dictate the game. As long as I kept her on the baseline, then I felt like I was in control of the point. But it was very important to keep the pressure but not force it too much.”
The 20-year-old Dane, who spent 68 minutes on court in her opening match Saturday, advances to the fourth round in Indian Wells for a fourth straight year. She came close to winning the title last year, falling to Jelena Jankovic in the final.
Wozniacki will look to continue her run when she next plays 22nd-seeded Russian Alisa Kleybanova, who accounted for No. 13 seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3 6-4. Kleybanova, 21, reached the Indian Wells quarter-finals last year.
Ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland fought past Maria Kirilenko 6-0 2-6 7-5 in her third round match. Radwanska prevented the 24th-seeded Russian from serving out the match at 5-3 as she proceeded to win the final four games.
Radwanska, 22, has reached the quarter-finals or better the past three years at the BNP Paribas Open.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the No. 8 seed, prevented a fourth-round showdown between the Radwanska sisters after defeating 172nd-ranked Urszula Radwanska 7-6(3) 6-3 in just under two hours in the second match on Stadium 2.
The 21-year-old Azarenka, a resident of Scottsdale, leads Radwanska 4-2 in the lifetime series including wins in their two most recent meetings.
Azarenka achieved her best Indian Wells finish in 2009, when she reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champion Vera Zvonareva.