Friday, 18 March 2016

Vika coming - watch out !

Remaining quarter finals in the women's draw and the first two men's quarter finals were the major highlights for tennis fans at Indian Wells today and each match lasted only two sets.

Milos Raonic definitively ended the fine tournament of Gael Monfils, so much so that he further presents a real threat to the likely finalist from the top half of the draw - Djokovic or Nadal - should he make it to the last two.

David Goffin knocked over another Grand Slam tournament winner in Marin Cilic, and despite the ominous form of Raonic, does not appear to want to stop here.  
Cilic will be kicking himself for days over conversion of break points in the first set - 1 out of 12 - Interesting semi final upcoming.

The bottom half of the women's draw has been littered with top seeds dropping out early and the two quarter finals featured 18th seed Karolina Pliskova against young unseeded Russian Daria Kasatkina.  Pliskova said her farewells from Indian Wells to Daria on the same day she booked a place in the doubles final, with a straight sets lesson.  However I somehow believe that Kasatkina will be fighting longer for this and other big trophies in the future.

Former world number one and number 13 seed Vika Azarenka sounded a warning for this title and well beyond by surrendering no games to Magdalena Rybarikova and setting up a semi final with Pliskova.  It will be markedly tougher against the Czech player but I can't see Vika missing the opportunity of facing off against the winner of Serena and Aga (which I expect to be Serena)

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