Friday, March 19, 2010

Wozniacki to play Jankovic in Indian Wells final

The BNP Paribas Open semifinal match between 2nd seed Caroline Wozniacki and 5th seed Agnieszka Radwanska was my kind of match. There were very long rallies (one went 34 shots), both players carefully constructed points, and both consistently used their brains. Unfortunately, in this age of "hit opponents off the court and smack three dozen winners" (not that there's anything wrong with that), such a match does not appeal to all tennis fans. But it appealed to me. Radwanska, however, for all her lovely touch and strategy, saw her forehand deteriorate, and she missed many opportunities to take control of the match.

Wozniacki, on the other hand, played with keen precision, and also put enough spin on the ball to give Radwanska trouble. She emerged the winner, 6-2, 6-3, and will play 6th seed Jelena Jankovic in the final on Sunday. Jankovic defeated 8th seed Sam Stosur earlier today. Jankovic has a career head-to-head of 3-0 against Wozniacki.

In doubles, 3rd seeds Nadia Petrova and Samantha Stosur will play Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in the final. Petrova and Stosur defeated Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie in the semifinals, and Peschke and Srebotnik defeated 6th seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Yan Zi.

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