Indian Wells Round Three: Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kaia Kanepi

Sergey ZikovSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2009

After thoroughly demolishing Timea Bacsinszky in the second round, a much more competent opponent awaits.

No. 18-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia will be Caroline's next opponent. Kanepi defeated Virginie Razzano of France to advance to the third round. The Estonian took the first set in a tiebreak, 7-2, then took an early lead in the second set before Razzano retired.

Kanepi dealt out four aces in the set they played, but did not serve all that well. She only hit 45 percent of her first serves and she was broken twice in seven games.

Razzano also played poorly after an extremely solid showing in Dubai when she defeated Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva and Kanepi before falling in the final to Venus Williams.

Let's get to a couple quick stats.

  • Caroline is 1-0 career against Kanepi. They met in the final of the Japan Open in 2008, where Caroline prevailed in three sets.
  • Caroline is 13-5 in 2009. She has won three hard court tournaments but never Indian Wells; Kanepi has never won a WTA title.
  • Caroline is now 5-2 lifetime at Indian Wells.

KK is not a hard court lover like Caroline. She prefers the clay, where she has seen easily her best results. She is 8-5 on the season with four of those wins coming in Dubai.

Fearless Projection: Wozniacki 6-4, 6-3. Caroline will look to continue serving very well and also take advantage of Kanepi's poor serving.