Woohoo! The BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells, California is finally underway. Dinara Safina of Russia gains the top seed, followed by Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Elena Dementieva of Russia.
Caroline Wozniacki, the Blonde Bomber from Denmark, comes in with a 9th seed. She is in a section with Svetlana Kuznetsova and in a quarter with 4th-seeded Vera Zvonareva.
A fairly simple quarter, yes?
But let's not look ahead. Caroline will face off against 19-year-old Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland (home of diplomacy and the great Roger Federer).
A few quick statistics here before I lose my thought train, or train of thought. Either way I'd rather not lose a train.
- Caroline is 1-0 career against Bacsinszky. Their lone meeting came in Luxembourg in 2008, where Caroline won 6-2, 6-3.
- Caroline is 12-5 in 2009 and recently reached the final in Memphis, where she fell to Ukrainian Victoria Azarenka in straight sets.
- Caroline is 4-2 career at Indian Wells, with her two defeats coming to Martina Hingis in 2007 and Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2008.
Enough statistical babble.
Bacsinszky disposed of fellow WTA triple digit Sofia Arvidsson in the first round, 6-2, 6-3.
The fast-rising Swiss star is also ridiculously lingual, speaking five different languages. Who's counting anyway. Before Indian Wells, Bacsinszky had not won in 2009, losing three matches at various venues.
The first meeting between Caroline and Timea, the Blonde Bomber was able to control most of the points with her ground strokes, setting up her big forehand with accurate and effective serving.
Look for Caroline to do more of the same, except she has improved in all of those areas since they last met in 2008.
Fearless Projection: Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2. Stroll in the park with a few sticks on the pathway.