"....plants mirrors in the desert."
I didn't imagine it: Neither of today's Indian Wells quarterfinals took place. It was no surprise that top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka gave Caroline Wozniacki a walkover. Azarenka has been bothered by a foot injury throughout the tournament. Azarenka, along with Serena Williams, has been troubled by foot problems for a while. Perhaps it's because I'm rehabbing from a foot injury; I do "feel their pain."
While Azarenka's withdrawal from the tournament was not unexpected, Sam Stosur's was. It turns out that Stosur injured her right thigh muscle when she served for the match against Mona Barthel in the 4th round. How much bad luck is that? Both Stosur and her quarterfinal opponent, Angelique Kerber, were rounding into form after unfortunate performance (Stosur) and injury (Kerber) in 2013.
Kerber will play Wozniacki in the semifinals. If the German wins, she will defend her 2012 semifinal ranking points, which would be quite beneficial to her. In the other semifinal, the two Russian Marias--Kirilenko and Sharapova--will compete.
In doubles, 4th seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm and Casey Dellacqua 4-6, 7-6, 10-8, and 3rd seeds Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik defeated Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2.