Quarterfinals of Indian Wells featured a clash between good friends Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka, but before the coin toss preceding the match, the two players wanted to show their support for Japan, which has been devastated by the tremendous earthquake and its aftereffects. Wozniacki’s manager went two-hour drive away to get the Japanese flag, and the WTA stars meticulously wrote the following message on it: “Our Thoughts Are With You” and “Caroline & Victoria”. Their action caused a moment of silence on the court.
Let’s talk about the actual match now. Unfortunately, there’s not much to say, as Azarenka retired after just three games because of a left hip injury. “I took a ball on the run and slid a little bit, and that’s when I felt the pain. It’s just bad luck but I have some time to recover before Miami, so hopefully it won’t be too serious,” said the eighth-seeded Azarenka. World No.1 and top seed Wozniacki will play either Maria Sharapova or Peng Shuai in the semifinals.