World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki swept past Maria Sharapova more easily than expected, keeping her good form and taking advantage of the Russian’s 41 unforced errors to reach her second straight final at the BNP Paribas Open. The 16th-seeded Sharapova started the match by breaking Wozniacki’s serve, but from then on Sharapova couldn’t do much against the top seed, especially not with the overwhelming number of unforced errors outbalancing her 19 winners. Final score: 6-1 6-2.
I like this Sharapova’s quote about Wozniacki’s defensive style of play without winners: “I don’t think it really matters if you don’t miss. I mean, then why do you need to hit winners?” Haha, great! Thanks, Forty Deuce, for sharing Sharapova’s unique perspective.
Interestingly, Wozniacki has reached the title match of a $4.5 million tournament without hitting a single ace! This is Wozniacki’s second straight victory over Sharapova. At the 2010 US Open the Dane won 6-3 6-4.
In the other semifinal, seed No.15 Marion Bartoli powered past seed No.23 Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-3 to become the first French WTA player to reach the finals of the BNP Paribas Open. Also, the world No.17 has a chance to get back into the Top 10 if she wins the title.
Wozniacki leads Bartoli 4-2 in their career matches. Just a few weeks ago, in Doha, Wozniacki had an easy 6-1 6-1 victory over Bartoli.