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Azarenka takes out Clijsters at the Sony Ericsson Open
SONY ERICSSON OPEN
Miami, Florida, USA
March 22-April 3, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Singles - Quarterfinals
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 63 63
(3) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 75 63
Doubles - Quarterfinals
(3) Huber/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. (WC) Stephens/Wickmayer (USA/BEL) 64 61
Wednesday night saw a battle between the past two Sony Ericsson Open women’s singles title holders – and Victoria Azarenka came out on top, brushing aside defending champion Kim Clijsters 6-3, 6-3 to book her place in the semi-finals. The Belarusian was efficient in breaking Clijsters, converting six of her eight chances. Azarenka had lost four of their five head-to-head matches.
“I think I played a little bit more aggressive [than in the past], played more forward, tried to come in more. That was the biggest difference. And physically I was much more stable today,” Azarenka said afterwards.
The win gives Azarenka her best result of the season; she reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells and Sydney. The No. 8 seeded Azarenka and 2009 champion now plays No. 3 seed Vera Zvonareva for a chance to reach the Miami final for the second time in three years. “I have to play at a high level, because she's a very consistent player,” assessed Azarenka.
“She's showing some of her best tennis in her life right now, so I definitely have to be aggressive and focused on my game to play forward, and have fun.”
The Russian owns a 6-2 advantage against Azarenka, but the two split their four meetings in 2010 – Azarenka won at the Australian Open and Doha, while Zvonareva won their latest two encounters in Montreal and the WTA Championships.
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