Indian Wells Preview Day 8
Published March 13, 2012 11:20
INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - With the top half of the draw at the BNP Paribas Open playing their quarterfinal matches on Wednesday, two of the storylines will be if Victoria Azarenka can extend her perfect season and if Angelique Kerber can continue her magical run.
 Victoria Azarenka (BLR #1) vs.  Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #5)
Head-to-head: Azarenka leads 8-3
Victoria Azarenka's form has picked up with each match since she survived a thriller against Mona Barthel in her opener. Her fourth round victory over Julia Goerges on Wednesday gave her a 20-0 start to the season, one win short of a tie for the best start to a season since 2003.
Agnieszka Radwanska is tied with Azarenka for the most wins on the WTA this year with 20, but she will certainly have revenge on her mind, as all three of her losses have been at the hands of the Belarusian. Overall, she has lost six of her past seven matches with Azarenka. The Pole is projected to rise to a career-high No.4 on Monday's new rankings.
 Li Na (CHN #8) vs.  Angelique Kerber (GER #19)
Head-to-head: Li leads 3-0
A low back injury kept Li Na out of action for a month entering Indian Wells, where she has played her way into form, highlighted by a 61 60 rout of Klara Zakopalova in fourth round action on Tuesday. She has dominated her series with Angelique Kerber, dropping just five games combined in their two most recent meetings. Another victory on Wednesday would give Li her 400th career match win.
Kerber has been the comeback kid in Indian Wells, having survived two match points in her opener against Sloane Stephens and three in her fourth round win over Christina McHale. It has been quite a year for the German, who captured her first career title in Paris last month and also has two semifinal showings. On top of that, she rose to a career-high ranking of No.19 at the start of this event.
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The remaining two doubles quarterfinals will be played, with No.2 seeds and defending champions Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina squaring off with Gisela Dulko and Paola Suárez and No.3 seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka taking on No.5 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
For more on today's matches, see our Match Notes in the Press Center.