Caroline Wozniacki, Samantha Stosur Advance To Third Round Of 2011 BNP Paribas At Indian Wells To Set Up Intriguing Match-Ups

Caroline Wozniacki

I am not suggesting at all that I expect top seeded Caroline Wozniacki or 4th-seeded Samantha Stosur to lose their third round matches. But after Caroline defeated Sloane Stephens 6-3 6-2 in the second round, she now goes on to face Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. No big deal, right? A 2 and 1 victory for Caroline, you say? Well, yes I probably agree. Except that Caroline and Maria have played 3 times before, and Maria has won every match. Sometimes, there is just one middle tier player that for whatever reasons gives a top player problems. Granted, two of those matches were on clay and the one on hardcourt was the match Caroline gave Maria problems, going to three sets. But Maria won that final set 6-0 in Beijing in 2009. Maria handled Caroline 4 and 2 in Rome last year. So we are not talking about results from 3 or 4 years ago. But Caroline wasn’t #1 then. I expect the Danish superstar to stop Maria’s streak.

All Access Caroline at BNP Paribas 2011

Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur’s 6-2 6-2 win over Laura Pous-Tio sets up a showdown with nearly retired former #1 Dinara Safina. Dinara has fallen off the earth since being the world’s top player. A humiliating 6-0 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Kim Clijsters in the first round of the 2011 Australian Open sent Dinara back to Russia telling her mother she was ready to retire. But her mom encouraged her to be strong and keep fighting. Through the Aussie Open, Dinara was 0-3 in singles for the year and 0-1 in doubles. For a former #1, being 0 for the year after the first Slam was embarrassing. But since the pep talk from her mom, she has won 3 out of 4 singles matches and 4 straight doubles matches, which included winning a doubles title at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But beating 26th seed Daniela Hantuchova at BNP Paribas is a far cry from beating Samantha Stosur. Still, Dinara is showing signs that she still has life in her game. I can’t wait to see how she does against Samantha.

Li Na Interview at BNP Paribas (but she lost)

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (WC) Sloane Stephens (USA) 63 62
(4) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (Q) Laura Pous-Tio (ESP) 62 62
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (7) Li Na (CHN) 46 63 63
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 63
(9) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Iveta Benesova (CZE) 76(5) 64
(WC) Christina McHale (USA) d. (11) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(4) 76(7)
(13) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 64 36 64
(16) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 75 67(3) 61
(18) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 64 76(3)
(20) Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 76(5) 60
(22) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 63 75
(24) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Anna Chakvetadze (RUS) 62 13 ret. (dizziness)
Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (26) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 76(2) 64
(Q) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (27) Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 46 64 64
(28) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 75 60
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (31) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 63 57 62

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

SAMANTHA STOSUR

DINARA SAFINA

DANIELA HANTUCHOVA

LI NA

FLAVIA PENNETTA

VICTORIA AZARENKA

SLOANE STEPHENS

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

MARIA SHARAPOVA

 

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