For the third straight match, Danish phenom Caroline Wozniacki had a court date at 11 am. Not that it much mattered or anything. Facing wild card Urszula Radwanska of Poland, she expected a staunch challenge from her friend.
After all, Radwanska had defeated sixth overall seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the second round.
After nearly two hours on court, Caroline came away triumphant yet again, winning in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3.
She will advance to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells for the first time in her young career.
Another perfect day in the desert did not lead to perfect results for Caroline, however. She stumbled out of the gate, surrendering an early break to go down 2-0. But her serve started coming back to her, as she held easily the next time out.
Radwanska did not budge. Wozniacki was applying fierce pressure to her service game, but it was all for naught. Caroline didn't get a chance at breaking Radwanska until 2-3, and she capitalized to tie the match.
From there on, Caroline had the thumb pressed down on Radwanska. Every service game for the Pole was gigantic, and although she did well for a little, she gave up a break at 6-5.
The second set lead to some very uncharacteristic results for Caroline. She had been serving extremely well all tournament, especially on first serves, but it wasn't there in set two. Her ground strokes sure were though.
It didn't come until 3-2, Caroline leading, for the first break POINT to be allowed. Caroline jumped on it immediately, taking a huge 4-2 lead. However, more breaks were to come. The next two service games were both breaks, leading to a 5-3 Wozniacki lead.
By that point, Radwanska looked to be under the effects, and Caroline held serve to take the match.
WOZNIACKI MATCH STATISTICS
Tournament totals are in bold.
- Aces: 2 (6)
- Double Faults: 1 (5)
- First Serve: 62% (68%)
- First Serve Points Won: 34/54 (63%) (68%)
- Second Serve Points Won: 17/33 (52%) (41%)
- Break Points Saved: 3/5 (60%) (61%)
- Break Points Won: 4/9 (44%) (45%)
- Service Games Played: 11 (32)
- Return Games Played: 10 (30)
- Total Points Won: 81/153 (53%) (54%)
Radwanska has been plagued by a sprained ankle, and she has been playing with it taped. She had twisted her ankle on match point on Friday the 13th against Kuznetsova.
She had gone to see the trainer the next day, and she has been playing through the pain.
Caroline has also been having several slight pains. She has been training with Gil Reyes in Las Vegas, who has worked with players like Andre Agassi and Fernando Verdasco to build endurance.
Her shoulder has been a small concern, but nothing overly major.
"I have some problems with my shoulder after the hard workouts with Gil. It is getting better and better for each day, but I still can't serve 100 percent yet." said Caroline. "I'm looking forward to the day off so I can give it some rest."
Don't look now, but it certainly doesn't appear to have much effect on her overall game.
Caroline will face No. 4 Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the quarterfinals. Zvonareva defeated China's Li Na in straight sets to advance. The two have never faced each other in a WTA Tour event.