SONY ERICSSON OPEN Miami, FL, USA March 20-31, 2012 $4,828,050/Premier Hard/Outdoors
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Singles - Quarterfinals (7) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 63 63 (5) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (WC) Venus Williams (USA) 64 61
Doubles - Quarterfinals (5) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) 61 76(5) King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) d. Medina Garrigues/Pennetta (ESP/ITA) 75 62
No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska rolled on through to the women’s singles semifinals with an impressive showing topping Venus Williams 6-4, 6-1 in a brisk 80 minutes.
Victoria Azarenka’s undefeated season came to an end Wednesday evening at the Sony Ericsson Open, as seventh seed Marion Bartoli defeated the World No. 1 6-3, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals at Crandon Park.
"I think the main key for me was to step up on the court trying to win the match, not only thinking about how well she's playing and everything, but really go on the court, having a game plan and try to go for my shots," said Bartoli. "It was a very demanding match on the fitness side. I think I had to really run a lot, especially from side to side. She's playing extremely early and really put a lot of pressure on you. So I really had to work very hard into the points and stay tough physically. But at the end, I'm so happy I was able to do it."
Bartoli won 64 per cent of her second serve return points, and capitalized on six of 10 break point opportunities to secure just her third win in 11 meetings with the Belarusian, snapping Azarenka’s 26-match win streak.
"What I've done in the last couple of months, I have to be really proud of myself," said Azarenka. I could have maybe played better today, that's for sure, but I gave it all I had. But Marion played really well today, and she deserves the win. What else can I say? I have to look forward."
The Frenchwoman is looking to win her first title of the season, having reached the final at the Paris Indoors (l. to Kerber). She is through to the Miami final four for the second time (2010) and will aim to reach her first final at the WTA Premier Mandatory event when she plays fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
"She has been extremely consistent [for] a while now," Bartoli said. "I know I will have to run a lot, a lot more forward, because I know she's going to make a lot of drop shots. I'm going to be ready."
The powerhouse trio of China, Japan and Korea have all ensured safe passage to another edition of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women after finishing in the top three of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women in Jordan.
Malaysian superstar Nicol David claimed the latest historic achievement in her illustrious squash career when she beat Egypt's Nour El Sherbini in the final of the Women's Delaware Investments US Open.
Annika Beck is off the mark: the Porsche Team Germany player won the Luxembourg Open and at the same time celebrated her first career WTA title. In Saturday's final, the 20-year old was an easy 6-2, 6-1 victor against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Play concluded on Friday 17th October at the 2014 Women's World Cup with the top eight rated players in the first stage of proceedings qualifying for the main draw where they join the leading eight names.
Malaysian David bidding to become the first player in the 60-year history of the championship to win the title three times in a row, and Egyptian teenager El Sherbini looking to repeat her shock World Championship victory over the world number one in March.
Tonje Daffinrud produced the round of the day in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa to maintain her bid for a top five place in the rankings and earn her Ladies European Tour card for next season.
It was back in March that the pair last met - in the final of the WSA World Championship in Malaysia where Massaro clinched victory 11-9 in the fifth to win the sport's most prized title for the first time.
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