Agnieszka Radwanska was not even slightly close to challenging Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells, their fourth meeting this year and Azarenka’s fourth victory over the Pole in 2012. All the losses Radwanska suffered this season came at the hands of the world No.1, and the most recent one, in Doha, especially irritated Radwanska as she considered that Azarenka used gamesmanship in order to win.
Because of the mentioned 4-0 record of Azarenka over Radwanska this year, the gamesmanship scandal and the fact that Azarenka came into the match undefeated in 2012, with a 20-0 record, the quarterfinal encounter was especially interesting. However, what spectators got was an overwhelmingly one-sided match, except for Radwanska’s brief revival at the very end.
Azarenka won 10 of the first 11 points in the match, before Radwanska looked to be stopping that trend by fighting off three break points in the third game. But the Pole didn’t win that game, and actually, just as we were all ready for a double bagel, at 6-0 5-0 for Azarenka, Radwanska won six straight points, broke her opponent’s serve and won her own service game to love. But that was it, Azarenka continued from where she had stopped two games earlier, and finished the match 6-0 6-2. (photo: Johan Rivera)