Google Down the Line!: Vika shocks Dinara, makes semifinals at Indian Wells

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Vika shocks Dinara, makes semifinals at Indian Wells

Could Indian Wells be Victoria Azarenaka's big coming out party (and no, not in THAT way silly)?

The big-hitting Belarusian upset top seed and World No.2 Dinara Safina 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. Vika was broken while serving for the first set and lost out in the tie-breaker but dominated the rest of the way. It was her first win over the Russian and will now meet Vera Zvonareva, a Russian whom she's never beaten either, for a spot in the big final.

I've been touting Vika this season and predicting something big for her, especially on the hardcourts. Her forehand is still slappy and can be hit a little late while her serve can still be much improved. But I'm pretty impressed with the 19-year old's determination + intensity to win every point - it's a rarity on the WTA Tour these days - and she can sure hit the fuzz off the ball.

This could be her time.

(image via getty)


  1. If she of the extreme caterwaul defeats Vera, I'll be surprised. Last night was a break fest and the reason most men claim to not watch the WTA. Good win for her though.

  2. "As for the women, be sure to give a gander to Dinara Safina. Last year’s "It Girl" had a great Aussie Open this year, but other than that she’s had some tough losses. I actually think Victoria Azarenka will give her another one."

    Hey, if I can't toot my own horn, who will? : )

  3. pamela: Vika's def loud. Let's hope she NEVER plays Shrieka or Michelle Larcher de Brito. Eeks! Or is it "Shrieks!"?

    VANtage Point: TOOT away Van! Wait - that sounds weird (and smelly).

  4. I watched the match last night and I was really impressed with Vika's play to close out the match. Let's hope she continues! She could add some drama to the otherwise boring women's side of the tourney.

    In other news, can't wait for Verdasco/Federer tonight!!!

  5. And she's shaggin' Ernie boy!

  6. T.O. - proof is in the puddin'. fess up with some pics!

  7. I think that if sharapova doesnt get back on the court full time sometime soon, I think Nike might find a new poster girl in Vicka!!!.she has such a big game!!!!


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