Victoria Azarenka Punishing the Ball

Azarenka went through a new test

The next tournament day in Miami, in which all the quarterfinalists in the women's grid and the remaining participants of the fourth round among men were determined, turned out to be rich in interesting events. In the end, only one sensation took place, but many favorites received a very serious rebuff from those who are now

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Singles. The fourth round

Maria Sharapova (Russia, 2) - Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) - 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 3).
Marion Bartoli (France, 7) - Maria Kirilenko (Russia, 22) - 6: 1, 6: 2.
Serena Williams (USA, 10) - Samantha Stosur (Australia, 6) - 7: 5, 6: 3.
Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland, 5) - Garbin Mugurusa-Blanco (Spain, WC) - 6: 3, 6: 2.
Li Na (China, 8) - Sabina Lisicki (Germany, 12) - 3: 6, 6: 4, 6: 2.
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus, 1) - Dominika Tsibulkova (Slovakia, 16) - 1: 6, 7: 6 (9: 7), 7: 5.
Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark, 4) - Janina Wickmaier (Belgium, 23) - 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 0. Venus Williams (USA, WC) - Ana Ivanovic (Serbia, 15) - 6: 7 (4: 7), 6: 2, 6: 2.

it has become fashionable to call underdogs.

So, the first racket of the world Victoria Azarenko was in the balance of defeat. She met with the dangerous Slovak Dominika Tsibulkova , who does not perform very well this season (in Miami, for the first time since the beginning of the year, she managed to win two matches in a row in one tournament). But in the match with Azarenka she had an excellent opportunity to remind herself of herself, and she did not miss it.

Dominica from the first game unleashed a hail of attacks on her opponent, and she played with a minimum percentage of her own marriage. Such a start somewhat discouraged Victoria, and she could not stop Tsibulkova, who, with enviable consistency, scored everything and scored balls into the court. As a result, for the entire first game, which lasted a little over half an hour, Azarenka won only one game - with the score 0: 5.

The second set started very badly for the Belarusian. Less than 10 minutes have passed since its start, and the numbers 0: 3 were already burning on the scoreboard. Tsibulkova won the next game, but then a turning point began to gradually occur in the match. Azarenka managed to increase the activity and accuracy of his strikes, and Dominica less often began to have obvious opportunities for attacks. In addition, she once again could not cope with her nerves. During the first serve for the match with a score of 5: 2, Tsibulkova made two double mistakes in a row, and the second attempt to end the meeting in her favor ended in an unsuccessful short shot at a break point. Azarenka even pulled ahead - 6: 5, however, finding herself in the position of the inferior side, Tsibulkova spent the game on her serve quite calmly and brought the set to a tie-break, in which she played a triple setball in an effective manner, but still lost - 6: 7 (7: 9).

After such an offensive defeat, the Slovakian could unstuck in the third set, but this did not happen. The decisive game took place in perfectIt is an almost equal fight - not a single tennis player managed to come out ahead with a difference of more than one game, and both deserved to win. But Victoria was a little more accurate and cool at the decisive moments. In the 11th game during the break point, Dominika made a double mistake, and Azarenka, finding herself in the same situation in the next game, showed a good serve. On the matchball, Dominica was almost helped by the cable, which gave her a chance to dodge the Belarusian from the halfcourt, but the Slovakian's kick was a little longer than required. As a result, 7: 5 - a very difficult victory for Azarenka, which became her 26th in a row. At the start of the Indian Wells tournament, she already had such a difficult match with Mona Bartel , after which the remaining matches were given to Victoria more calmly. Let's see how things turn out for her this time.

I'm proud that I fought and did not give up. I can't say that I'm happy with my game, but it doesn't matter. The most important thing is that I was able to find a way to victory, - said Victoria.

Unlike Azarenka, the leader of the men's championship race Roger Federer did not pass his test. In the third round he had a meeting with an old acquaintance - Andy Roddick , against whom the Swiss won 21 out of 23 previous official matches. Before the start of the fight, it seemed that this time, too, Roger had every chance of defeating the American. Federer himself is in excellent shape and won three tournaments in a row, while Roddick does not perform very well and is forced in every possible way

to refute various rumors about an imminent retirement.

But the match showed that Andy has there really is still enough powder in the flasks. In the first set, only at the beginning of it, Roger had a chance to catch on to the reception, but Roddick held out and later served very confidently. As well as Federer - Andy had no break points. The tie-break was a very logical conclusion to the set, and here the American was lucky. With the score 4: 3, he made the most important mini-break, and very beautifully - he guessed the direction of Roger's smash, dodged the opponent and calmly retained the advantage - 7: 6 (7: 4).

In the second set Federer added speed and quickly won it - 6: 1. The decisive game also began according to his script. In the very first game on Roddick's serve, he earned a triple break point, but it was not so easy to put the squeeze on the American. Andy kept the tie, and then struck his hour at the reception. Roddick managed four crazy forehand shots, three of which were outflanking, and this allowed him to break for the first time - 2: 1. Federer tried to recoup until the end of the match, but Roddick served too well. In the 10th game, which turned out to be the last in the match, Andy was behind at 15:30, but managed to pull himself together and complete three excellent serves in a row.

Maria Sharapova had a rather difficult match. And although she managed to beat Ekaterina Makarova in two sets, the meeting lasted more than two hours! In general, of course, Sharapova held the initiative both in terms of play and in terms of score. For example, in the first set, Makarova is forced towas playing catch-up. Sometimes it worked out well, but she could not come out ahead - the implementation of break points and Sharapova's confident play on important balls failed.

In the second set, Ekaterina was much closer to success, but could not complete the set in her advantage when she filed for a party with the score 6: 5. The tie-break immediately began for Makarova discouragingly - 0: 3. At that moment, Ekaterina could approach her opponent, but for some reason did not check her shot, after which the line referee recorded an out. So the score was already 0: 4, although there was actually a touch of the line, and the decision of the judges was erroneous. As a result, Sharapova calmly brought the meeting to victory. Thus, in less than a year, Maria beat Makarova for the fourth time, and this victory became her ninth consecutive victory in matches with her compatriots. In the quarterfinals, Sharapova will play against Li Na, whom she lost in the last four meetings.

I already had a set in hand and was leading with a break in the second, but at that moment I started playing a little carelessly, ”Sharapova admitted after the match. - Makarova also added and began to act much more actively. She had chances, she served for the second set, but I pulled myself together and stably played important balls. I played smart at the tie-break, which helped me win it. It's very difficult to play when you allow so many doubles, but I won two sets, that's a plus. In the next match, it will be important to play consistently, to increase the percentage of hits on the first serve, to improve the reception and to add in other elements, added Maria.

Serena Williams lost to Samantha Stosur in their last meeting in the US Open finals, so she was probably eager for revenge. The new match between them took place pretty soon, especially given the frequency of Serena's appearances in various tournaments. One got the feeling that the American was putting all her anger from that defeat into the serve. It's no joke - Williams shot 20 aces in two sets! As for the rest, Serena was not perfect, but in the end she won her opponent - 7: 5, 6: 3. Now she will have a match with Caroline Wozniacki , who

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Singles. Third round
Murdy Fish (USA, 8) - Kevin Anderson (South Africa, 28) - 6: 4, 6: 3.
Nicolas Almagro (Spain, 12) - Fernando Verdasco (Spain, 20 ) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
David Ferrer (Spain, 5) - Julien Benneteau (France, 30) - 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4.
Novak Djokovic (Serbia, 1) - Victor Troitski (Serbia, 27) - 6: 3, 6: 4.
Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina, 11) - Marin Cilic (Croatia, 23) - 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 3).
Andy Roddick (USA, 31) - Roger Federer (Switzerland) , 3) - 7: 6 (7: 4), 1: 6, 6: 4.
Juan Monaco (Argentina, 21) - Gael Monfils (France, 14) - 4: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4.

defeated Janina Wickmaier - 7: 6 (8: 6), 6: 0. It is curious that the starting set, which lasted more than an hour, Carolina finished only from the seventh set point, completing the first ace of the match.

Don't seeI was able to complete the fourth round Maria Kirilenko . She lost just 66 minutes to Marion Bartoli - 1: 6, 2: 6. The Frenchwoman will now meet with Azarenka. And the other pair in the upper half of the grid was Agnieszka Radwanska , who outplayed the 18-year-old sensation of the tournament Garbin Mugurusu-Blanco, and Venus Williams , who defeated Anu Ivanovic in a difficult match .

I must say that in this meeting Venus took to the court in a completely different guise than in the previous match with Alexandra Wozniak . And it's primarily about the game of the American. Venus was much less likely to make mistakes in simple situations and turned on the first serve at full power - 13 aces with Ivanovic versus two with Wozniak.

Juan Martin del Potro with the resounding support of a large number of Argentine fans knocked out the second Croat in a row from the tournament - after Ivo Karlovic , Marine Cilic finished his performance. Del Potro's new rival is the Spaniard David Ferrer .

The Argentines have no less fervent support for their second representative in the tournament, Juan Monaco . And this support helped him to defeat the 14th seeded tennis player of the Gael Monfils tournament and reach Roddick in the fourth round. Someone may regard this result as a surprise, but when it comes to Monfils, it is already difficult to be surprised by his victories or defeats.

Novak Djokovic successfully coped with his task of reaching the fourth circle, defeating his compatriot Viktor Troitsky for the 11th time - 6: 3, 6: 4. The most memorable episode of this match was the moment when Troitsky's serve turned out to be so powerful for the net that they had to call a stretching specialist to the court. In the next round, Djokovic will meet with Richard Gasquet , to whom he lost only one match in his career and won five.

In addition, Nicholas Almagro entered the fourth round of the competition and Murdie Fish and they will play against each other. All matches of this stage will take place on Tuesday. In addition, two women's quarterfinals will take place on March 27. At 1 p.m. local time (21:00 Moscow time) Li Na and Sharapova are to enter the court, and Serena Williams and Wozniacki will play in the evening session.

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