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Friday, April 1, 2011

Former champion Victoria Azarenka defeated No. 3 seed Vera Zvonareva to qualify for her second final appearance in three years at the Sony Ericsson Open. The No. 8 seed closed out the 6-0 6-3 match in 1 hour 16 minutes, and will play Maria Sharapova on Saturday.

Azarenka, who won the Miami title in 2009, defeated 2010 champion Kim Clijsters en route to today’s semi-final match. Tonight, the native of Belarus stormed the court, dropping only eight points to Zvonareva in the first set. She adapted to the Russian’s short balls and came into the net aggressively, knocking off a total of nine winners in the first set.

Zvonareva seemed to adjust to the pace, and held serve to start the second set. Azarenka evened to 1-1, and after four deuces in the third game, Zvonareva hit a cross-court forehand winner to take her second game of the match.

Azarenka played on, nonplused by the onslaught of 14 winners from her opponent, and broke in the sixth game, surging from 40-15 to gain a 4-2 advantage. She allowed Zvonareva one more game, but closed out the match on her fifth break point of the night. Azarenka hit 13 winners overall, and once ace.

This is Azarenka’s first semi-final of the year, but the performance sets her up for a one-spot increase to No. 7 in the world. Earlier this year, she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open, and the quarter-finals of Sydney and Indian Wells. The Belarusian has five career titles, and looks to claim her sixth overall and second in Miami when she plays Saturday’s final against Sharapova, who secured her third final at this tournament earlier today. Azarenka and Sharapova are competing in there fifth and sixth Miami tournaments, respectively.

23 comments:

Carlos said...

It is an all screamer final. Should people turn down the volume of their TVs? I'll take the Angry Bird, I'm not sold on Divapova. That shoulder may fall off at some point. :P

Petko made it to my bad side. An old Latin-American saying, "Tell me who you hang out with and I tell you who you are". She was hanging with The Fist Pumping Imbecile, enough said. That dance could be equivalent as the fist pump.

caps321 said...

I'm just glad Zvonareva isn't in the final.. Because chances are I'd already know who was going to lose!

I like the dance. And can't really 'fault' Petko for hanging with Imbecile. I mean, it helps her get more well known even if Imbecile is a has-been/one slam wonder.

Carlos said...

Caps321 if the goal of Petko was to be known she could have hanged out with The Big Stuffed Bunny; since rigjt now she has all the hype. I would have said Divapova but she is much of a diva to hang with anybody.

Captain are you planning an evil revange on me? April Fools is the day when friends turn to enemies. :P

caps321 said...

Carlos, who wants to hang out with the Big Stuffed Bunny besides her daddy? Not me!

It'll be interesting to see if Petko/Imbecile partner in doubles anymore. I have a feeling it was 'all' Ivanovic for the reason they pulled out. (That said, Petko might indeed focus on singles in the future.. But, pulling out at that stage is very suspicious.)

Carlos said...

So you don't want to hang with daddy bunny and her offspring? Don't blame you. For my part if they are paying why not otherwise I would not be interested.


I was thinking the samething about Petko/Imbecile pulling out. That what happens when someone hangs with an imbecile. I would rather see Petko/Princess, it would be a good team.

caps321 said...

Just saw this on the doubles draw sheet:

IVANOVIC/PETKOVIC - Walkover
(Ivanovic - viral illness)

Viral illness for the Imbecile, eh? We all bet!

I would only hang out with Bunny if Aggie was there.

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

Carlos, ill get you back next year:P

caps321 said...

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Caroline Wozniacki received an offer to pose for Playboy but turned it down, Ekstra Bladet reports.

"I'm not going to take off all my clothes," Wozniacki said.
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Thanks so much for that!

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=11297&zoneid=25

Carlos said...

Captain I'll be looking forward to it. :P Not to rub it in but ha, ha, ha. :P

Caps321 seems you have a thing for Aggie, which is good.

I disagree, to quote a line from one of my favorite movies, "There is nothing hotter than a naked chick". From the movie "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle"

caps321 said...

Didn't you see the Playboy Ashley Harkleroad photos? While posing might be good for some aspiring actresses, I don't think it does squat for tennis players.

Carlos said...

Actually I didn't see the Ashley photos.

Some careers of actresses were killed for posing for Playboy.

Women athletes from other sports (track and field) have posed for Playboy and it helped to get recognized/popular. I wouldn't suggest to do it but the result whether is positive or negative depends on the public. For Ashley it was all negative and rightfully so.

BTW in the past some tennis players posed suggestively in bikinis for SI, The Princess included. There one one who was topless she didn't show anything but it was clearly suggestive. It made them more popular with the boys. No, they weren't naked but the thought was impiled.

caps321 said...

Princess won that SI swimsuit poll on tennis.com with 38%! Tatiana Golovin was the one with the 'cover her goods' shot. IMO, when someone is on top it makes no sense to get naked unless they've already done it before in movies.

Carlos said...

Agreed. What I'm saying is a chick is hotter when she is naked. Lets say that you Caps321 were to meet to Aggie privately, and she ask you, "Do you mind if I take my clothes off?" Would you say no? Would she look even hotter then?

Posing naked for a magazine is a step down IMO. Now that I'm older, I wouldn't be in a romantic relationship with a woman that posed naked for a mag.

The tennis careers of The Princess, Golovin, and Dani went down the toilet after posing for SI. It cost The Princess her sponsorship with Stella McCurse which I thought it was good. Posing for SI is like wearing the McCurse outfits.

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

Im trying not to get involved in whatever is going on here!

BUT

Fernando Verdasco (I think) and Tommy Roberabo posed naked for Elle or some magaizine like that, and no one cared!

When a girl does it. They are heavily criticized. Over and over again. Many have done before, little have come out unscazthed.

Carlos said...

I criticized those pretty boys before = no grand slam titles between them. Your blog focuses on women though. :P

Carlos said...

BTW Captain, you were trying to get involve in "guy's talk". :P

caps321 said...

Basically I've already seen Aggie naked. Didn't you see those beach photos with Bunny a while back? She's pulling one of those 'cover her goods' moves. That said, she was spied on by a telephoto lens which was a rather dirty thing to do. (Not like she chose to 'pose' for instance. Guess they know now about the paparazzi.)

Carlos said...

I did see the Aggie photos! Can't say I didn't like them, ;) she was hanging with her sister too. You are right she was trying to get a tan when the photos were snapped. I thought it was a photo op because in one photo they all looked at the person who was taking the photos and they where all smiling. Now she knows she is a public figure. You could be probably right Caps321 this photos might have been taken without her knowledge and consent. This was unlike the Angry Bird/Lickitongue bikini photo/video shoot that both did. BTW I know you will disagree with me but The Bunny was rocking her white bikini in those photos.

caps321 said...

Ha! Just had to go review these photos in question. Bunny looks sloppy, IMO.

Also, I didn't have a problem with the Bird, Licki bikini shoot. (Although I thought Bird had a weird shaped body.) These 'shoots' can get the women and the WTA more attention and lead to added revenue.

That said, I did like the recent Masha 'shoot' in which she was clothed! She was wearing vintage gear.

Carlos said...

I disagree The Bunny look the sharpest of all. I guess is a nattet of opinion.

I didn't have a problem with Angry Bird/Lickitongue shoot, but my mind went wild if you know what I mean. I didn't had a problem with Angry Bird's body, she is slender and blond, I'm a sucker for blonds.

You are right this photo shoots bring attention to the women's game.

I don't like Divapova off court, I don't like her, I don't follow her on goings, but she is one of the few that looks good wearing everything, the other one being The Princess.

Carlos said...

BTW like Divapova I don't like Angry Bird off court at times not even on court.

caps321 said...

Just added Elena Vesnina and Aggie to my twitter feed.

caps321 said...

I'm closing this tab out. Will catch you on another thread.

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