Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Azarenka was shown to Sharapova in the final at Indian Wells

The Belarussian Victoria Azarenka, world number one, won today with the title at Indian Wells Masters 1000 first season, with a pleasant victory over Maria Sharapova, number two, 6-2 and 6-3 in one hour and 26 minutes.

Azarenka, who extended his record this year to 23 wins and no defeats, joins his fourth title in 2012 after those obtained in Sydney, Australia and Doha.

The cash prize is one million dollars.

It was the first time the two best players in the WTA women were measured in the final of the California desert since 2008.

Azarenka took the first set in 40 minutes thanks to the high percentage of points won on serve (13/16, 81 percent) and its domain from the bottom of the track to a great burden on Sharapova without legs after his opponent in the semifinals, Serbia's Ana Ivanovic withdraw at the first hurdle in the second set of the match played on Saturday.

The world number one, who was playing his sixth consecutive final, he went directly to the game in the second set with two consecutive breaks of serve (3-0), and when painted things worse for your opponent, Sharapova responded with claw (4-3) blowing more pace and a greater intensity to their game.

But Azarenka was a wall. He lost concentration and discharge the party with the peace of those who know untouchable. This was again.

Thus the statistics of direct confrontations between the two players left with five wins and three defeats for Azarenka, who still do not know the loss to Sharapova in the final (4-0 after Stanford 2010, Miami 2011, Australia 2012 and Indian Wells today).

The Russian, who won at Indian Wells in 2006, could not avenge the recent defeat in the Australia Open final. Today aspired to become the eighth player to achieve the double in Indian Wells (Martina Navratilova, Mary Joe Fernandez, Steffi Graf, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Kim Clijsters).


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