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Azarenka Blazes Past Radwanska In QFs

Victoria Azarenka nearly handed Agnieszka Radwanska the first double bagel of her career.

Published March 14, 2012 12:00

Azarenka Blazes Past Radwanska In QFs
Victoria Azarenka

INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA - Powerful, ruthless and unrelenting, Victoria Azarenka dealt Agnieszka Radwanska a 60 62 defeat in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, nearly double bageling the World No.5, too.

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Azarenka came out strong, winning 10 of the first 11 points of the match, and, eventually, the first 11 games of the match for a 60 50 lead. Radwanska did have two game points in those 11 games, but Azarenka swatted them away, and Radwanska was a game away from being double bageled for the first time.

"Of course you fight until the end, and you keep fighting until you lose match point, but the match was pretty much over," Radwanska said about the 60 50 hole. "Anyone watching the match could see she was hitting really well and making the winners with pretty much no mistakes. It was just her day today."

With Azarenka serving 60 50, 30-all, Radwanska went on a mini-run, winning six straight points, breaking serve then holding at love for 60 52 - but Azarenka didn't seem bothered in the least, serving it out at 15 in the next game.

"I had very good motivation because I knew she's a very good player," Azarenka said. "I have to play a very good match and show excellent tennis to beat her. I was focused on every moment, every point and every ball I was striking. I really didn't think about the score, because there's really no point getting into that.

"I hope I was a good example of women's tennis."

Radwanska was asked whether she was excited to get those two games. "I wasn't excited," she smiled. "You can either laugh or cry when it's just not going your way. It's pretty much done. I just thought I'd have fun instead of cry.

"It was going by very fast. I had a longer match in the warm-up this morning."

Azarenka and Radwanska had similar unforced errors in the match (16 to 14) but Azarenka far outweighed Radwanska in the winners department (26 to 7).

Azarenka is now 21-0 on the season, the best start to a season since Serena Williams had the same record at the start of 2003. Should Azarenka win another match, she will have the best start since Martina Hingis' 37-0 in 1997.

"If she plays like that she's not going to lose any match soon," Radwanska said. "She has been on fire the last few months. She's very, very consistent, playing very good tennis from the first to the last ball. She moves well and hits the ball really well. You know, it's just really hard to play against her."

Radwanska did receive some consolation, however - having set a new career-high of No.5 on the last rankings, she will better that on the next ones: No.4. "I didn't really expect that. From the beginning of the year, first time No.6, then first time No.5, and now No.4, and it's March. I'm very happy about that, and I'm just hoping I can play some good tennis, especially in the Grand Slams."

The move is largely thanks to Caroline Wozniacki falling out of the Top 5. "I think she's gonna forgive me," Radwanska said. "I still love her, so it's okay."

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