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#1 Caroline Wozniacki
#3 Vera Zvonareva
#2 Kim Clijsters
#4 Samantha Stosur
#5 Francesca Schiavone
#6 Jelena Jankovic
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#9 Victoria Azarenka
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    On Sunday at Indian Wells, California, in the final of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, last year's BNP Paribas Open finalist (and last month's champion at Dubai), 20-year-old top seeded #1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2009 champ at Stanford & Monterrey, 26-year-old 15th seeded #17 (career-high: #9) Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 (Marion is shown during the match; Caroline is shown with the hardware afterward).

    Caroline's prize is $700,000; Marion's is $350,000.

    The match took 2 hours and 8 minutes. Caroline's 25 winners included no aces, but her 32 unforced errors included no double faults while she placed 77% of her 1st serves in the box and scored on 59% of those points (Marion: 27 winners, 3 aces, 43 errors, 5 DFs, 66%, 52%). Caro scored on 6 of 12 break points against Marion; Marion converted 4 of 8 break points against Caroline. Caroline scored a total of 83 points; Marion, 71.

    Marion short of breath for much of the match. Caroline said: "I can keep playing out there for hours and hours. It's definitely a good sign for me when I can see the opponent getting a little bit more tired. We had a lot of long rallies, but I felt like I recovered maybe a little bit faster than she did. That's a good feeling to have on my side...
    "[In the 2nd set Marion] just went for her shots. She started to hit even harder. I didn't feel I played badly. I thought actually I played pretty good, but she was very steady, keeping the pressure...
    "In the third set I just kept my head cool. We had a lot of long rallies but I came up with the wins. I thought if she kept playing like she was, then it would just be too good. But I wasn't going to give her anything." WTA story - AP story

    Marion said: "Honestly, from the second set towards the end, it was one of the best matcehes I've ever played. Sometimes you come up a bit short. It was a really great fight."

    Caroline now leads Marion 5-2 in career matches, and Caro also won their previous meeting, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt last month in the semifinals at Doha, 6-1, 6-1.

    2009 US Open finalist Caroline is now 14-9 in WTA singles finals; she won last month at Dubai, and last year at Beijing, Tokyo, New Haven, Montreal, Copenhagen, and Ponte Vedra Beach. Caroline has a 19-3 singles match record this season.

    2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion is now 5-7 in WTA singles finals; her last title was at Stanford in 2009. Marion has a 18-7 singles match record this season.

mp3 Audio Interviews Wednesday, March 9: Jelena Jankovic - Caroline Wozniacki - Kim Clijsters - Vera Zvonareva - Samantha Stosur - Na Li


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    Indian Wells: The main draw for this 96-player, two week, seven round tourney has 32 seeds, with 32 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 8 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Monday, qualifying finals are on Tuesday. Main draw play begins on Wednesday.

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2011: On Tuesday, March 8, at Indian Wells, 2010 finalist Caroline Wozniacki and 2002 & 2007 champ Daniela Hantuchova practiced... On Wednesday, players alerting the media at the "All Access Hour" included 2010 champ Jelena Jankovic, Vera Zvonareva, row 2: Na Li, Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka, and Caro Wozniacki...

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2011: Decorative young ladies at the players party on Thursday night included Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, Daniela Hantuchova Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Sloane Stephens & Cari Champion (from The Tennis Channel ) row 2: Elena Vesnina, Urszula & Agnieszka Radwanska, Alize Cornet, Anastasia Rodionova & Akgul Amanmuradova, Renata Voracova & Klara Zakopalova...
Indian Wells, 1st Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $7,050; points: 5
#35 Lucie Safarova CZE d #77 Kristina Barrois GER 7-6(9), 6(5)-7, 6-0 Wed

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Lucie driving a backhand

#36 Shuai Peng CHN d #87 Renata Voracova CZE 7-5, 6-1 Thu

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Renata following a forehand, and Shuai about to swat a 2-hander

*#72 Elena Baltacha GBR d #37 Roberta Vinci ITA 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 Thu

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Elena driving a forehand

#38 Anastasija Sevastova LAT d #62 Polona Hercog SLO 7-5, 7-6(6) Wed
*#67 q Alize Cornet FRA d #39 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Alize's backhand drive

#40 Agnes Szavay HUN d #99 wc Jill Craybas USA 6-3, 6-3 Thu

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Agnes driving a forehand

#41 Sara Errani ITA d #58 Greta Arn HUN 6-6 retired—left knee injury Wed
#42 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #61 q Rebecca Marino CAN 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Thu
*#52 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d #43 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-4, 7-5 Wed

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Kimiko's forehand drive

#44 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #50 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*#80 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #45 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-2 Thu
#46 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d #85 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 Wed

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Olga and Timea driving forehand and backhand

#47 Iveta Benesova CZE d #76 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-1, 6-2 Thu
#49 Anna Chakvetadze RUS v #124 q Misaki Doi JPN Thu c8 m5
#53 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #114 wc Alison Riske USA 6-2, 6-1 Wed
*#82 Melanie Oudin USA d #54 Elena Vesnina RUS 7-6(2), 6-2 Wed

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Elena and Melanie serving

*#184 sr Urszula Radwanska POL d #55 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) Thu

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Urszula driving a backhand, and Bojana serving

#56 Gisela Dulko ARG d #90 wc Vania King USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Vania driving a backhand, and Gisela following a forehand

*#79 q Shuai Zhang CHN d #57 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4) Thu
*#113 Dinara Safina RUS d #59 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 6-3 Thu
#63 Simona Halep ROU d #123 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 Thu
*#111 wc Christina McHale USA d #65 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Christina's forehand drive

*#86 q Laura Pous-Tio ESP d #66 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 6-1 Thu
*#107 Sybille Bammer AUT d #69 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Wed
*#64 q Monica Niculescu ROU d #70 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#73 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #92 q Sorana Cirstea ROU 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#75 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #89 q Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-1 Thu
*#106 wc Sania Mirza IND d #81 Romina Oprandi ITA 2-1 retired—right knee injury Wed
#83 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d #104 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL 7-6(6), 6-2 Thu
#84 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #431 wc Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-1 Wed

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Lauren ready to slice a backhand, and Zuzana driving one

#93 wc Coco Vandeweghe USA d #102 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed

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Coco while serving, and Edina launching a forehand on the run

*#180 wc Sloane Stephens USA d #129 q Jamie Hampton USA 6-2, 6-4 Thu

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Jamie serving, and Sloane following a forehand

Indian Wells, 2nd Rd, Fri-Sat 11am WTA Sat story - WTA Sat story 2
loser's prize: $11,500; points: 50
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #180 wc Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-2 Sat

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Sloane driving a backhand, Caroline following a forehand, and Sloane congratulating Caro after match point

    Caro is 0-3 against her 3rd round opponent, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Caroline said: "I've never won against [Maria Jose], so it's going to be a tough one. She's always trying to take away your rhythm, but I'm looking forward to it. Hopefully I can get it this time."

#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #73 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-0 Fri

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Kim reaching for a forehand

#3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #46 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-3, 7-6(4) Fri

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Vera driving a backhand

#4 s4 Samantha Stosur AUS d #86 q Laura Pous-Tio ESP 6-2, 6-2 Sat

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Samantha's backhand drive

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #84 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-2, 6-0 Fri

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Francesca's forehand drive

#6 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #93 wc Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-2, 6-1 Fri

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Jelena and Coco driving forehands, and Jelena's backhand drive

*#36 Shuai Peng CHN d #7 s7 Na Li CHN 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Sat
#9 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #42 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Sat

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Vika serving

#10 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #47 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-6(5), 6-4 Sat
#12 s10 Shahar Peer ISR d #44 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 Fri
*#111 wc Christina McHale USA d #13 s11 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-6(4), 7-6(7) Sat

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Christina driving a forehand, and Svetlana about to swat one

    Svetlana failed to convert one set point in the 1st set, and 5 set points in the 2nd set.

    Christina's previous best win, by rank, was over then-#59 Shuai Peng. Christina said: "It's definitely my biggest win. I'm so excited right now. When I was down in the second set tie-break, I just tried to keep playing the way I was playing. When that last shot finally missed, I couldn't believe it."

*#53 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #14 s12 Petra Kvitova CZE 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Fri

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Barbora following a backhand

#15 s13 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #72 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Sat

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Elena serving, and Flavia driving a forehand

#16 s14 Kaia Kanepi EST d #56 Gisela Dulko ARG 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Fri
#17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d #64 q Monica Niculescu ROU 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Fri

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Marion driving a forehand, and Monica ready to fire one

#18 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #75 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-5, 6(3)-7, 6-1 Sat

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Anabel and Maria driving forehand and backhand

    Maria missed three tournaments in February due to respiratory illness. Maria said: "I hadn't played in a long time, and in the first set there were certain points where I was confused whether I should be more patient or go for it a little more. As I started playing more, I started to get a better feel for [Anabel's] game and the way I was playing. I had chances to win in the second set but maybe played a little too risky; but I did a good job of stepping up in the third."

#19 s17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #38 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-2, 7-5 Fri
#20 s18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #80 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-4, 7-6(3) Sat
#21 s19 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #52 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-4, 6-2 Fri

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Ana serving, Kimiko driving a forehand, and Ana watching her backhand fly

#22 s20 Aravane Rezai FRA d #79 q Shuai Zhang CHN 7-6(5), 6-0 Sat
#23 s21 Andrea Petkovic GER d #35 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(8), 7-5 Fri
#24 s22 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #40 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-3, 7-5 Sat
#25 s23 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #82 Melanie Oudin USA 6-4, 6-3 Fri

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Yanina serving

#26 s24 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #49 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-2, 1-3 retired—dizziness Sat
#27 s25 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #106 wc Sania Mirza IND 6-3, 6-3 Fri

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Dominika straightening her strings... no good news photo of Sania could be found, and no ball hitting pics of either player...

*#113 Dinara Safina RUS d #28 s26 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(2), 6-4 Sat

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Dinara serving, Daniela following a backhand, and Dinara launching a forehand on the run

    Former WTA #1 Dinara started the year 0-3, including a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Kim Clijsters in the 1st round of the Australian Open. Dinara said: "I went to Moscow for Fed Cup and said to my mom, 'I'm retiring. I don't want any more of this.' I wasn't happy being on the court anymore. She told me to stay positive...
    "This definitely feels good. I tried very hard and was fighting. I pulled out the set points then started to play a little better."

*#83 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d #29 s27 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sat
#30 s28 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #63 Simona Halep ROU 7-5, 6-0 Sat
*#41 Sara Errani ITA d #31 s29 Jarmila Groth AUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 Fri
*#67 q Alize Cornet FRA d #32 s30 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Fri

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Alize watching her forehand fly

*#184 sr Urszula Radwanska POL d #33 s31 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 Sat

    Urszula missed six months last year due to a back injury. Urszula said: "I missed being on the tour during last year but I was with my sister [Agnieszka] at a few tournaments so I was still in touch with everyone. I was a little bit sad watching all the girls playing while I couldn't. But I have been practicing hard and believed I could do well here. These two matches have been tough."

#34 s32 Julia Goerges GER d #107 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-1, 6-3 Fri

Indian Wells, 3rd Rd, Sun-Mon 11am WTA Sun story - WTA Sun story 2 - WTA Mon story - WTA Mon story 2
loser's prize: $18,740; points: 80
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #30 s28 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-1, 6-3 Mon

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Caroline serving, Maria Jose stalking the elusive forehand, Caro driving a backhand, and after match point

    Maria Jose was 3-0 against Caroline in previous matches. Caroline said: ""It helped me she didn't get too many first serves in, so I could dictate. As long as I kept her on the baseline, I felt I was in control...
    "She's such a good volleyer. Yesterday I had a practice session in the morning where I focused on the main points, and not to panic when she comes to the net."

#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #41 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 Sun

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Kim driving a forehand, Sara ripping one, and Kim's backhand drive

    Kim said: "I played a tricky player who played well, and I was still able to win without being close to my best. At the end of the day, that's the positive thing I'm getting out of it.
    "I lost focus on what I had to do, which was try to play aggresively and not let [Sara] rip those forehands. I let her play her game... Sometimes I would even prefer to have a match like this than one where you win 1 and 1, you're hitting well and don't have to do much for it."

    Kim will play Marion Bartoli in the 4th round on Tuesday. Kim said: "Today was tricky but the opposite kind of tricky to what's next. Marion hits the ball very fast and likes to play into the court. She also likes playing girls who play fast. I have to go for those lines and make her move. I can't let her go into the court and use those down-the-lines too much."

*#27 s25 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #3 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 Sun

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Vera and Dominika driving forehands

    Dominika had been 0-4 against Vera in their previous matches. Domi said: "I got nervous at the end—I don't know why, because I've beaten a lot of players in the top ten before. Maybe this one was more special because it's the first time I've beaten Vera, and it was a great comeback."

*#113 Dinara Safina RUS d #4 s4 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(2), 6-4 Mon

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Samantha and Dinara driving forehand and backhand

    Dinara won despite 16 double faults. Dinara said: "I just want to enjoy the moment. It wasn't my day for serving, but it might have been from the baseline. I still managed to win a match, which is a good thing. And I stayed tough mentally. In 2008 it was going like this. Sometimes I watch my matches and think, 'God, I wasn't even thinking.' Now there are times I think five times before each shot."

#5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #67 q Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-3 Sun

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Francesca slicing a backhand, and Alize following a forehand

#6 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #34 s32 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-4 Sun

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Julia driving a forehand, and Jelena following one

    2010 Indian Wells champion Jelena said: "I had a tough opponent. Julia hits the ball big and serves well. I was happy I held my ground and played my game. I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment and looking forward to the fourth round."

    About playing her compatriot, 2008 Indian Wells champion Ana Ivanovic, in the 4th round, Jelena said: "We've played so many times against each other. It's just another match. [Ana is] a tough opponent but I hope to continue to play my tennis and really focus on my game and not worry about the other side of the net. I hope to play the best I can and enjoy it. We'll see how things go."

#9 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #184 sr Urszula Radwanska POL 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon

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Urszula and Victoria driving forehands

#10 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #26 s24 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-0, 2-6, 7-5 Mon

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Maria following a forehand, and Agnieszka driving a backhand

#12 s10 Shahar Peer ISR d #19 s17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Sun

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Shahar driving a forehand

    Shahar said: "It was a tough match today and I'm really happy I was able to come back and win. I just kept fighting and fighting. I love Indian Wells because I stay with friends and really enjoy my time here, always!"

*#24 s22 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #15 s13 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*#25 s23 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #16 s14 Kaia Kanepi EST 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sun
#17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d #23 s21 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6-2 Sun
#18 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #22 s20 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-2, 6-2 Mon

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Maria serving, Aravane and Maria driving forehands, and Maria after match point

    Maria said: "It was very different to my first opponent [Anabel Medina Garrigues], who made me hit a lot of balls. [Aravane] could hit a winner from any part of the court really. When she's on, she can be one of the toughest players to play against—she had a lot of errors today, though."

#20 s18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #111 wc Christina McHale USA 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
#21 s19 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #53 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Sun

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Ana driving a backhand, and at ready

#36 Shuai Peng CHN d #83 q Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Mon

Indian Wells, 4th Rd, Tue 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $32,000; points: 140
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #24 s22 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

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Caroline following a forehand, and Alisa's backhand drive

    Caroline said: "I think I made a few too many unforced errors in the beginning. [Alisa] was very aggressive at the start but I couldn't find my rhythm. In the second set I told myself I needed to move my feet more and have a little bit more margin over the net and from the lines. Things started to go my way." WTA story

    About playing her good friend Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals, Caroline said: "I've known Victoria many years. We were competing against each other in the juniors. She moved up into the women's tour a year, or a year and a half earlier than me. We have such a nice relationship. She's such a good girl. It's great we are two friends who are doing well, and wish each other well. But when you're on the court you don't think about who's on the other side."

#17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d #2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL 3-6, 3-1 retired—right shoulder injury

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Kim driving a backhand, Marion reaching for a 2-handed forehand, and the trainer working on Kim's shoulder

    Kim's shoulder has been bothering her since January. She has pain while serving and while hitting high forehands. She plans to get treatment in Miami before next week's Sony Ericsson Open.
    Kim said: "Something is not the way it should be at the moment in this area, so I'm going to have to figure it out, going to have some tests done. I don't want to be in that position where I'm taking medication to cover the pain and not knowing if it's getting worse during my match." AP story

*#12 s10 Shahar Peer ISR d #5 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)

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Shahar and Francesca following backhand and forehand

*#21 s19 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #6 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-2

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Jelena driving a forehand, Ana following a backhand, and after winning a point

    Ana said: "Jelena is a tough opponent and has been playing well lately so I really tried to stick with the plan and be aggressive. That worked well. When I was making mistakes, I didn't let myself get down for it. I tried to be persistent and do the same thing over and over again. I'm really happy to win this one."

    Jelena said: "Ana played really well. She was really on her game. I had a lot of break points [7]. Especially in that first set, every game on her serve I had break points. I managed to convert only one, which was in the second. I wasn't really doing the right things out there and she was. So she was the better player."

#9 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #10 s9 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)

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Victoria and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand

#18 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #113 Dinara Safina RUS 6-2, 6-0

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Maria and Dinara driving forehand and backhand, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

    Maria said: "I put a lot of pressure on [Dinara] from the first ball so she would feel on the defense. That was really important for me tonight... This was one of the first tournaments she's starting to play a lot better and find her form. That's dangerous because confidence is a huge thing. You can go out on the court and just swing away. I wanted to take care of business." WTA story

*#36 Shuai Peng CHN d #20 s18 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
#25 s23 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #27 s25 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 7-5

Indian Wells, QFs, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: $64,700; points: 250
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #9 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR 3-0 retired—left hip injury Thu

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Caroline and Victoria driving backhands, the trainer checking Victoria's hip, and Caro giving her friend a hug after Vika retired from the match

    Victoria said: "I felt very good at the beginning of the match, and was looking forward to playing Caroline. The first two games were really good and I had a great feeling going into today. But I took a ball on the run and slid a little bit, and that's when I felt the pain.
    "It's just bad luck, but I have some time to recover before Miami, so hopefully it won't be too serious. There's nothing much I can do about it now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Miami." WTA story

    Caroline said: "Victoria is one of my best friends on the Tour, and to see her in pain was not nice for sure. I would have liked to win it in another way, but I'm through to the semifinals, and happy to be there."

*#25 s23 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #12 s10 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-3 Wed

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Yanina and Shahar driving forehand and backhand, and Yanina after match point

#17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d #21 s19 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 7-6(4) Wed

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Ana following a forehand, Marion driving a backhand, and after match point

    In her oncourt interview, Marion said: "I'm so happy to be in the semifinals of Indian Wells for the first time. I was a little bit sick this morning and it was really hot today, but during the first set the physios helped a lot. I have a day off tomorrow and I'll try to recover, and I look forward to seeing you all on Friday." WTA story

    Ana said: "I created a lot of opportunities but didn't use them. At 4-all in the first set [Marion] played some good shots and broke me and then the set was gone. I lost a few service games but didn't feel I was serving badly. I made a few unforced errors from my forehand side and that was a little bit disappointing.
    "It's a good base to go to Miami from, though. Coming into this week I didn't expect to get this far in the tournament and I can learn a lot from this match."

#18 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS d #36 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Thu

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Maria reaching for a forehand, Shuai and Maria driving backhands, and Maria after match point

    Maria won despite 13 double faults (with only 1 ace), indicating that she is not yet comfortable with a service motion that is intended to reduce stress on her previously injured right shoulder. However, Maria scored on 8 of the 10 break points she reached against Shuai; while Shuai converted 5 of her 9 break points against Maria.

    Maria said: "I was playing really well for the first set and a half and [then let Shuai] back in the game. She's really aggressive and [when] you're not the one being aggressive, it becomes dangerous. That's what happened today. But the most important thing is I got myself together, focused and regrouped. The match is never over until the last point and I stayed really strong." WTA story

    Shuai said: "I had chances in the third set but Maria played well. At 3-2 and 40-15 I was a little bit tight or nervous. After I lost those points she hit the baseline a few times and hit winners... I have a lot of things to improve. I just have to keep going."

    Maria will play Caroline Wozniacki in the Indian Wells semifinals on Friday. Maria leads Caroline 2-1 in career matches, but Caroline won the last time that they played, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt last year in the 4th round of the US Open, 6-3, 6-4.

    Maria said: "[Caroline is] the #1 player in the world and she certainly deserves it. She's doing a lot of things well right now. I didn't have a great match against her at the US Open. I didn't feel I played that well. I'm hoping tomorrow I'll come out and it will be a different situation."

Indian Wells, SFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $150,000; points: 450
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #18 s16 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-1, 6-2

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Caroline serving, Maria and Caroline driving backhand and forehand, and Caro after match point

    Caroline scored on 6 of 9 break points against Maria; Maria converted only 2 of 4 break points against Caroline. No aces were struck in the match. Caroline's 19 unforced errors included 2 double faults; Maria's 41 errors included 8 DFs.

    Maria said: "That's her strength, and that's what she does best. She grinds her opponents. I rushed too many of my shots today. Sometimes I just missed by a few inches, and sometimes I should have been more patient." WTA story

    Caroline said: "I definitely didn't expect such a score, but I'm very pleased about the way I played and the way I got my tactics to work... I couldn't give her many short balls and let her dictate too much, because then she can be very dangerous. It was important to keep hitting the ball deep and making her move."

    About the final, Caroline said: "Marion is another player who tries to play very aggressively and take the ball early. She's not going to give me a lot of free points."

#17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA d #25 s23 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-1, 6-3

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Marion serving, Yanina driving a backhand, Marion driving her 2-handed forehand (with backhand grip) on the run, and after match point

    Marion said: "At the end I got a little tight, but it happens. I'm so happy to be in the final here at Indian Wells. It's one of my favorite stops on the road and I'm looking forward to playing the final Sunday." WTA story

    Yanina said: "I went down 2-0 and never really got a chance to get into it. She's a good player and made it very tough on me. I'm disappointed, but I'm really happy about the week."

    About the final, Marion said: "Caroline is so consistent. She's not #1 in the world for nothing—she's not giving you much. You really have to earn every single point. I think the key will be to have a high percentage of first serves. When I beat her in Cincinnati last summer [r3, 6-4. 6-1] I was able to serve really well."

Indian Wells, Final, Sun, 11am
loser's prize: $350,000; points: 700
winner's prize: $700,000; points: 1000
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #17 s15 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-1, 2-6, 6-3

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Caroline driving a forehand, Marion's 2-hander, Caroline watching her serve fly Marionward, and after match point

Indian Wells, Doubles Final, Sat 3pm
losers' prize: $118,500
winners' prize: $237,000
Elena Vesnina & Sania Mirza d cdr36 s8 Meghann Shaughnessy & Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-0, 7-5

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Elena (4th WTA doubles title) and Sania (10th WTA doubles title), after winning their first title as a team, and with the trophy


Indian Wells, Qualifying Finals, Tue Mar 8 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,050 1pt; q2 $2,100 20pts; qualifier 30 points
#61 Rebecca Marino CAN d #142 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
#64 Monica Niculescu ROU d #148 Kathrin Woerle GER 6-1, 6-4
#67 Alize Cornet FRA d #117 Vesna Manasieva RUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
*#104 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #68 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-4, 6-1
#79 Shuai Zhang CHN d #120 Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-4, 6-2
#83 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #96 Petra Martic CRO 6-4, 6-3
#86 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d #480 Madison Keys USA 6-3, 7-6(2)
*#129 Jamie Hampton USA d #88 Ksenia Pervak RUS 6-4, 3-0 retired
#89 Tamira Paszek AUT d #97 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
#92 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #429 Monica Puig PUR 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
*#124 Misaki Doi JPN d #98 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-2, 6-2
#123 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #146 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Indian Wells, Withdrawals/Non-entries
#8 Serena Williams USA has not played at Indian Wells since incident in 2001
#11 Venus Williams USA has not played at Indian Wells since incident in 2001
#NR Elena Dementieva RUS retired
#NR Justine Henin BEL retired
#51 Alona Bondarenko UKR knee injury
#60 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP right elbow injury
#95 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA right elbow injury

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    (Dec 23, 2009) Larry Ellison, the CEO of software manufacturer Oracle, has purchased the entire Indian Wells Tennis Garden Venue, and the rights to the annual WTA/ATP Indian Wells tournament. The previous owners were a group which included Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore (whose company, PM Sports Management, will continue to manage the tourney), George Mackin and Bob Miller of Tennis magazine, the United States Tennis Association, and former players Pete Sampras, Chris Evert and Billie Jean King. As of this writing, the tourney's principal sponsor will remain European financial giant BNP Paribas. KESQ story - Reuters story

    (Mar 10, 2008) Schedule change: This year's Indian Wells women's singles final will be held on (Easter) Sunday (same as the men's) with the doubles final on Saturday. Previously the women's singles final was held on Saturday and the women's doubles final on Sunday, "Grand Slam style."

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