From the first game of the first set of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Maria Sharapova showed she meant business. She was focused. She was lethal. She was unstoppable. Moving back to world #2, easing past Victoria Azarenka, Masha broke Wozniacki at love to start the match and didn’t look back. Despite some early first serve yips, Sharapova only lost 9 points on serve while holding an astonishing 33 to 2 winners edge over Caro. It was a commanding performance that showed what Masha can be when she’s on and the work that Caro needs to do to get back to the top. In some ways with Masha, the last hurdle is mental. The tennis she played in the Indian Wells final can beat anybody. She was as sharp, particularly considering the opposition, as I’ve seen her all year. But she doesn’t fear Wozniacki so she just comes out and plays. That she didn’t have to face either Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka in this tournament is a factor. She would have beaten either of them playing as she did Sunday, but the question is would she have. Or would Masha have felt more pressure and not played as stress-free as she did against Caro? Probably the latter. If she can duplicate this kind of tennis in Miami at the Sony Open, especially if she can beat either Vika or Serena along the way, then we might see Masha return to the #1 ranking this year. She’s capable of it. Will she do it?
|Finals – Completed|
|M. Sharapova #2 «||6||6|
|C. Wozniacki #8||2||2|
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EKATERINA MAKAROVA and ELENA VESNINA, 2013 BNP PARIBAS AT INDIAN WELLS WOMEN’S DOUBLES CHAMPIONS