Sharapova Faces Moonballin’ Wozniacki For Indian Wells Women’s Title Sunday
by Staff | March 16th, 2013, 10:36 pm

It’s a battle of blonde former champions Sunday in the women’s final of the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open. Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki meet for the first time in a tournament final, and seventh time overall.

Sharapova, who ousted fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko late Friday night, leads the Caroline 4-2 in their clashes. But Wozniacki beat Sharapova easily 61, 62 in the 2011 Indian Wells semifinals.

Wozniacki, also a former No. 1 like Sharapova, is in her third final in the last four years in the desert.

“I really enjoy this tournament,” Wozniacki said. “I think it shows. I have done great results here in the past, and this is another very good one.

“I think the court suits me very well. I like that it goes fast through the air but it’s a pretty slow court. So I feel like I get out of the ball what I want; but at the same time, I feel like I get to a lot of balls. To have that mix is good. I really enjoy just the whole, yeah, the whole feeling of being here. You know, the crowd is amazing. Weather is nice. It’s very chill. Staying in a house. Just all that I think definitely brings into it.”

In her rather ugly win Friday over Angelique Kerber, Wozniacki successfully employed the moonball strategy to perfection to take the match 7-5 in the third. A sample of how things unfolded in that semi:

2006 champ Sharapova admitted she’s aware of the Dane’s ability.

“I saw some of those points,” Maria said. “They were really high and they all kept going in – I was like, ‘That’s a really good effort. I don’t think I can do that.’

“she’s always a tough opponent. She’s a grinder. She makes you work really hard on the court and gets a lot of balls back, you know, and has a lot of different variety. I certainly don’t want to give her that time or those opportunities, because she’s a really good player.”

Added Wozniacki, “Sharapova playing very aggressively and trying to take every ball on the rise and plays very flat.”

By virtue of reaching the finals, Sharapova, who hasn’t lost a set at the event, will overtake defending champion Victoria Azarenka for the No. 2 ranking on Monday.

Sharapova (27 titles) and Wozniacki (20 titles) respectively sit in third and fourth place among active players for most titles won, behind Serena Williams (47) and Venus Williams (44). Neither player has won a title yet this year.

The women’s final will be played at noon local time on Sunday and televised live in the U.S. on ESPN2.

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16 Comments for Sharapova Faces Moonballin’ Wozniacki For Indian Wells Women’s Title Sunday

Alok Says:

Even though Kerber/Woz was a sleeper, I didn’t mind watching, because they were quiet. I suppose we’ll be treated to another screaming session from sharapova with each shot she puts away going up 2 decibels and then she’s off the shrieking charts. I find Kutznetsova’s grunts to be extremely weird, it’s not a shriek nor a screak, so dunno what to call it.

Humble Rafa Says:

This is an embarrassment to the game. My moon balls have spin and on average clear the net by only 4 feet.

Krishna Says:

I guess they learned this from Nadal :) lol.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Humble Rafa: No surprise of your comment! I guess that you consider a tennis player only if he hits like crazy with maximum top spin and if he has biceps like a bodybuilder. BTW, has ever Rafa come to the net except for a drop shot?

Anyway, she tries her best, no? The point is that she won thanks to the variety of her game. She went many times to the volley during that match.

Go Caro tomorrow!!!

Alok Says:

I actually like Woz. I give her credit for hanging in the match even though she was over-powered by Kerber..

I hope Woz wins but again, sharapova will over-power her by screaming and bashing the ball as hard as she possibly can.

On another note, big CONGRATS to the Bryan Bros. for winning their first IW title in 13 years, and their 86th career title. They keep getting better with time. JJ got to his first final at IW, so good for him.

Gregoire Gentil Says:

@Alok: +1, +1, +1

Alok Says:

haha, gregoire, I take it you’re a fan of Woz? you’re welcome. I like her forthrightness, not to mention she’s pretty.

On grunting, finally someone has complained about berlocq’s ridiculous grunts, and it’s Murray.

There’s a very nice picture of T-Berd and his girl Ester. WOW, she’s a hottie!

Alok Says:

Aza’s BF is playing in qualis for USO. hehe

roy Says:

can we please stop giving these people equal prize money.
the men know it’s a joke, the crowds know it’s a joke[those who show up], and deep down, beneath their feminist indoctrination, even the female players know it’s a joke.

why line the pockets of unbearable divas when we can provide rightful prize money for tour males outside the top 30, most of whom are bigger drawcards than top females.

queen Says:

Women’s tennis is pathetic. Both Wozniacka and Kerber made a joke of that game. It’s like they were doing it on purpose. They should be disqualified. Wozniacka is an idiot anyway.

Lulu Iberica Says:

Yes, Roy, I am sure males outside the top 30 draw more fans than Serena and Sharapova. (Eye roll here.)

Go Sharapova! I love bad azz women who hit hard and give death stares to their opponents!!! (Although I’m glad to see Wozniacki doing well again. She really should be ranked higher than #10.)

Giles Says:

C’mon Sugarpova!

alison Says:

Lulu Iberica LMAO at your post,love bad ass women who give death stares to their opponents yay girl power,i must remind myself never to get on the wrong side of you lol

Andrea Says:

Thank god sharapova won!

tennismonger Says:

Wow, epic stuff. Did they go to the same tennis academy?

jane Says:

Lulu, funny post – and congrats to Sharpie!!

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