Maria Kirilenko is one of my favorite players to watch. She has a lovely game with a wide variety of shots. When she is focused, she is stunning. She was focused today during her first set against Caroline Wozniacki in their 4th round match in Miami. Kirilenko, seeded 32nd, pulled out just about every shot in the book (her volleys were especially sharp), and made some deadly returns of serve. She took that set 6-1. But in the second set, Kirilenko lost that focus, and Wozniacki began to play better. The number 2 seed took the second set 6-1. The third set looked like it would be Wozniacki's but then Kirilenko re-inserted herself into the match. Right before she broke Wozniacki at love to even things at 4-all, however, Tennis TV (which had only one WTA match on today) went out, so I couldn't watch any more of the match. Wozniacki won it, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. There were 9 breaks of serve in the match.
Wozniacki took a medical break in the first set. Apparently, she has some type of flu. The trainer checked her blood pressure and listened to her heart and breathing, then rubbed ice over her legs and thighs while Wozniacki put ice on her neck.
There were 10 breaks of serve in the match between wild card Justine Henin and 26th seed Dominika Cibulkova, which Henin won 6-4, 6-4.
Defending champion and 4th seed Victoria Azarenka defeated Lucie Safarova in straight sets. Also advancing were 7th seed Jelena Jankovic, 9th seed Sam Stosur, 11th seed Vera Zvonareva, 14th seed Kim Clijsters, and 22nd seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated 15th seed Francesca Schiavone.
Jankovic and Stosur will meet in the fourth round. Jankovic defeated Stosur just last week in the semifinals of Indian Wells.
In doubles, there was another big upset. Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta took out 2nd seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, 4-6, 6-3, 10-7, in the second round.
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