Saturday, March 20, 2010

Indian Wells Results: Jankovic and Wozniacki in Finals, Roddick and Soderling Round out the Semis

In the women's semifinals at Indian Wells, good friends Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska came into their match as close friends, and left with no bad blood. After Wozniacki clinched the 6-2, 6-3 victory to reach the finals, the two congratulated each other at the net, and revealed that they made a bet that the winner would buy the loser dinner, all in good fun. “But she owes me an ice cream because she thought we were going to play first match and I thought we were going to play late,” said Wozniacki, projected to move up to 2nd in the world next week.

Andy Roddick maintained his undefeated record against Tommy Robredo on Friday when the American easily beat the 18th seed 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the BNP Paribas Open semis.“I felt like he was trying to hit his first serve a little bit bigger and win some cheaper points,” said Roddick, into his 4th IW semifinal in 6 years. “Second set, he actually served pretty well; he was hitting some aces. He wasn’t just kicking it in like he does sometimes.”

The 2nd spot in the finals went to Jelena Jankovic, who is playing her best tennis in a long time, having lost just 1 set in 5 matches thus far. The Serbian beat Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4, and 6th seed broke away when Stosur fell apart serving at 2-2, 40-0. Jankovic took the next 5 games, and eventually the match, crediting her ability to handle Stosur's elite serve as a major factor, stating, "Samantha has an unbelievable serve, one of the best serves in the women’s game, and I was able to return a lot of her first serves," Jankovic said. "I think she felt uncomfortable because she really relies on that shot. That’s her best weapon."

The 4th anf final semifinal spot is Robin Soderling's, and deservedly so, after the Swede dominated 4th seeded Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6(4) for a chance to battle Roddick. In the 1st set, Murray was able to hold serve just once, and allowed Soderling to dictate rallies with his powerful groundstrokes. “I was hitting the ball really short, and he’s obviously got a big game and he was able to dictate all of the points,” said the Scot.

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