Fourth round set at the BNP Paribas Open


Top seed Victoria Azarenka, who crushed Maria Sharapova in last year’s Indian Wells final, couldn’t find her rhythm in the beginning of her third-round meeting with Kirsten Flipkens, but in the end came out strong by taking all of her opponent’s serves in the third set to win 3-6 6-3 6-0. Her rival in the fourth round will be Urszula Radwanska, who earlier defeated Jamie Hampton 6-0 7-6(4).

Fourth seed Angelique Kerber beat seed No.30 Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 7-6(4), but only after recovering from 1-4 down in the second set, thanks to her coach’s reminder to focus on their pre-match strategy, by winning five of the next seven games and then the tiebreak. Garbine Muguruza, who swept past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4 6-0, will be Kerber’s fourth-round opponent.

In other matches, seventh seed Samantha Stosur overcame seed No.32 Peng Shuai 6-3 3-6 6-2, seed No.10 Nadia Petrova brushed aside seed No.21 Julia Goerges 6-1 6-2, eighth seed Caroline Wozniacki crushed Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-1, while Mona Barthel eliminated Ana Ivanovic 6-1 3-6 6-0, after Ivanovic managed to take the second set by converting one of nine break points and saving all three of three Barthel’s chances to break.

Fourth round match-ups: Victoria Azarenka [1] vs. Urszula Radwanska, Nadia Petrova [10] vs. Caroline Wozniacki [8], Angelique Kerber [4] vs. Garbine Muguruza, Mona Barthel [24] vs. Samantha Stosur [7], Petra Kvitova [5] vs. Klara Zakopalova [19], Maria Kirilenko [13] vs. Agnieszka Radwanska [3], Sara Errani [6] vs. Marion Bartoli [9] and Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. Maria Sharapova [2]. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)



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