Ana Ivanovic is now one step away from defending her Indian Wells title, but she will have to overcome red-hot Vera Zvonareva.
The fourth-seeded Zvonareva reached the final by beating doubles partner Victoria Azarenka 6-3 6-3. The Russian didn’t drop serve once during the semifinal, and broke the eighth-seeded Azarenka a total of three times.
“It wasn’t much of an experience. It was just a wasted match,” Azarenka said. “I didn’t play the game I needed to play. It was only unforced errors for me. Vera played well, but I didn’t do even 10% of my game.”
Despite the loss, Azarenka is projected to debut in the Top 10 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
Ivanovic, the fifth seed, put an end to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s dream run, defeating the unseeded 17-year-old 6-2 6-3. Pavlyuchenkova scored her first two Top 10 wins at this year’s Indian Wells by upsetting Jelena Jankovic and Agnieszka Radwanska, but couldn’t get past the defending champion.
The eighth career meeting between Zvonareva and Ivanovic is scheduled for Sunday.