Azarenka Makes QFs, Perfect Year Continues
Published March 13, 2012 12:00
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska each scored their 20th match wins of the season in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, and now they will meet in the quarterfinals.
Radwanska, the No.5 seed, was the first to advance, although it may not have been the ending she had envisioned - a 63 46 30 retirement win against Jamie Hampton, after the American wildcard had to stop play due to cramping.
"I saw she was cramping when she fell down. It's always tough to have that, and it's even tougher to come back and play after that," Radwanska said. "It was too bad, because she has had some really good matches here and was playing some really good tennis. I was really in trouble in the second set today.
"Jamie hits the ball very well, she's very consistent, has a good serve and moves very well too. She was playing well today until the cramps."
Radwanska has not had much trouble with cramps herself. "I have cramped before, but not as much as that. I'm lucky I've always managed to handle it."
After escaping Mona Barthel in a thriller in her opening match, coming back from 4-1 down in the third set to win that one, 64 67(4) 76(6), Azarenka has absolutely cruised in her last two rounds, losing just three games to No.25 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round and now just four to Goerges.
Azarenka leads Radwanska in their head-to-head series, 8-3, but perhaps more importantly she is 3-0 this year, scoring three set wins in the semifinals of Sydney and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, then a straight set win in the semifinals of Doha. Four of their last five matches have gone to three sets.
"I'm not going to do anything special tonight, just some treatment then a massage, and just get ready for the next one," Radwanska said. "I've played Azarenka many times, and three times this year. I pretty much know how she's going to play. She's playing very well and I'm really looking forward to it."
"We always have really tough battles and I'm looking forward to playing her again," Azarenka said. "Agnieszka's someone who always come up with something different. You can never really predict what she's going to do. All you can do is try to play your game and not really worry what she's going to do.
"I always focus more on my game than somebody else's. Of course I take it into consideration, though. She's a little magician, if you can call it that."
Azarenka and Radwanska lead the WTA with 20 match wins this season. But while Azarenka is 20-0, Radwanska is 20-3 - all three losses to Azarenka.
Azarenka was asked about adapting to different conditions at different events on the tour. "The most important thing for me is adaptation," she said. "For example here, maybe you don't play like you would play in Miami or in Doha, or in Australia, or anywhere else. It's all about adaptation and preparing myself to be able to play my best game in particular conditions and on a particular day.
"If I relax my butt a little bit, somebody's going to come and kick it."