Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 18th 2015 Contents A57
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
INDIAN WELLS---Maria Sharapova defeated Victoria
Azarenka 6-4, 6-3 on her sixth match point in a
third-round pairing of former No 1-ranked players
at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night in Cal-
Sharapova hit 23 winners, one more than Azarenka,
and had 10 fewer unforced errors than Azarenka s 37
to even their all-time series at seven wins apiece.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Albert Ramos-
Vinolas 7-5, 6-3, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the
first set and earning a crucial break with a forehand
winner go up 5-3 in the second set.
"I managed to play the right shots at the right time
in the important moments, and I managed to sneak
through in straight sets," Djokovic said on court.
Azarenka fought off four match points on her serve
in the eighth game to hold trailing 5-3. They duelled
through five deuces until Azarenka fired a big serve
to keep herself in the match.
Sharapova took a 40-15 lead to set up her fifth
match point, but netted a forehand. She converted
on her sixth one with a dipping crosscourt backhand
that Azarenka couldn t return near the net.
She showed off an array of drop shots, including
one that led to her breaking Azarenka to end the first
set. Sharapova joked that it s taken her 24 of her 27
years to work on drop shots, something she never did
while learning the game.
"These are little things that I think I have incor-
porated much more in my game," she said.
Sharapova, a two-time champion at Indian Wells,
will meet defending champion Flavia Pennetta in the
fourth round. Seeded 15th, Pennetta beat Sam Stosur
6-4, 6-2 on an outside court.
Azarenka, who beat Sharapova for the title here in
2012, is just starting to return to form after a left foot
injury limited her to nine tournaments last year and
dropped her ranking to 32nd. The two-time Australian
Open champion led 4-3 in the first set before Sharapova
won the final three games.
"I m just really disappointed because when you
create opportunities and you don t take them, that s
pretty frustrating," Azarenka said. "I ve got to step it
up with finishing those games and really taking my
Two more former Indian Wells champions and top-
ranked players went out in the third round. Fourth-
seeded Caroline Wozniacki lost to 31st-seeded Belinda
Bencic, 6-4, 6-4, and fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic lost
to 25th-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Bencic earned her first win over a top-five player
and at 18 became the youngest player to reach the
fourth round this year. Last year in Istanbul, Bencic
failed to win a game off Wozniacki.
In other women s matches, No. 6 seed Eugenie
Bouchard beat CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-2; Sabine
Lisicki beat No. 11 seed Sara Errani, 6-4, 6-2; and
qualifier Lesia Tsurenko defeated 20th-seeded Alize
Cornet, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.
Andy Murray outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1,
3-6, 6-1 in a nearly two-hour baseline slugfest under
a hot sun. Murray earned the only two breaks of the
third set and closed out the win when Kohlschreiber s
forehand went wide, one of 35 unforced errors by the
German. The temperature topped 90 degrees (32 Cel-
sius), unusually warm for this time of year.
Cool mornings, hot afternoons and warm evenings
have made for changing court conditions and ball
speed in the desert, and Murray was affected by them.
Murray moved on to a fourth-round match against
Adrian Mannarino, who beat 14th-seeded Ernests
Gulbis, 6-4, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori was stretched to three
sets before overcoming Fernando Verdasco, 6-7 (8),
6-1, 6-4. Nishikori double-faulted twice in the final
game before advancing to the fourth round for the
first time in his seventh appearance at Indian Wells.
John Isner beat 18th-seeded Kevin Anderson, 7-6
(8), 6-2, setting up a fourth-round match against
Djokovic. Isner has lost just 12 points on his big serve
in his first two matches.
Jelena Jankovic, who won here in 2010 and spent
18 weeks at No 1 in the world, outlasted Madison
Keys, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 despite the Serb having just 13
winners and 42 unforced errors.
Jankovic is coming off a back injury and torn muscle
in Doha, which hampered her practice schedule.
Keys, a 20-year-old American coached by former
top-ranked Lindsay Davenport, had her chances to
take control, leading 3-1 in the final set. She hit 39
winners, but came undone with a whopping 64
unforced errors. (AP)
Sharapova beats Azarenka
on 6th match point
a volley against
their match at
in Indian Wells,
Links Archive March 17th 2015 March 19th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page