WTA Diary: Friday, March 16, 2012
Published March 16, 2012 10:11
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It was always going to take something pretty special to top Samantha Stosur and Nadia Petrova's three hour, 16 minute epic from last year's US Open, and something special was exactly what they produced in their rematch on Monday. The match, in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, had all the drama, quality and momentum shifts of their last encounter, with the only difference being the final outcome.
Relive the all the best moments from Petrova's 61 67(6) 76(5) win here.
On A Roll
To say Victoria Azarenka has improved as Indian Wells has progressed would be the grossest of understatements. Since coming back from the brink to defeat Mona Barthel in the second round, the top seed has seen off Svetlana Kuznetsova, Julia Goerges, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber for the loss of a paltry 16 games. These five wins extend her unbeaten streak since the start of the season to 22 - the longest since 1997 - and take her total number of career wins to 301.
Twice in the last seven days Angelique Kerber has looked down and seemingly out for the count. Yet on both occasions she dragged herself off the canvas to knock out first Sloane Stephens and then Christina McHale in dramatic style. These matches, which saw her save a total of five match points, took her three set record for the year to 8-0, thus consolidating the German's growing reputation as the WTA's comeback queen.
Back In The Big Time
Prior to her win over Marion Bartoli on Thursday, Ana Ivanovic hadn't reached the semifinals of a Premier event for exactly three years. And the Serb's performances in the desert, particularly against Caroline Wozniacki, suggest this run could be more than just a flash in the pan.
"I'm very, very pleased that I put it together as I think it could be huge because of the confidence." Ivanovic said after her win over Wozniacki. "I really feel I'm gaining lot of confidence.
"This is exactly something that I tried to work on, sort of backing myself up after big and tough matches really. I think next match is going to be very, very important for me to try to keep that level. So it's definitely a big week."
Get Well Soon
The stomach virus wreaking havoc at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden got the better of a number of the WTA's leading lights, including Petra Kvitova, Vera Zvonareva, Vania King, Francesca Schiavone, Jamie Hampton and Magdalena Rybarikova. Wtatennis.com wishes them all a speedy recovery in time for Miami.