The 2011 Indian Wells Open women’s singles main draw semi final matches will be played over two days. The first semi final to be played today is between No.15 seed Marion BARTOLI and No.23 Yanina WICKMAYER. On Friday 18 March No.1 seed Caroline WOZNIACKI plays No.16 Maria SHARAPOVA.
Pictured above is former World No.1 Maria Sharapova driving through a double-handed backhand at the 2011 Australian Open. The triple Grand Slam singles champion is a former Indian Wells champion. The 23-year-old Sharapova with her strong results in this event has the opportunity to equal or better her highest ranking of No.12 since returning from shoulder surgery.
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In previous encounters the 1.88m Sharapova leads the 1.77m Wozniacki with 2 wins to one. The 20-year-old Wozniacki won the last meeting at the 2010 US Open in the round of 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Both of Sharapova’s wins were back in 2008 and were also in straight sets, which indicates that the 1st set could prove pivotal in deciding the outcome.
In their past meetings the 1.7m Bartoli has a perfect 2-0 record against the 1.82m Wickmayer. The 26-year-old Bartoli won both of these matches in 2010, on hard courts and in straight sets. The 2007 Wimbledon singles runner-up plays both her forehands and backhands as double-handed strokes yet is right handed.
The 21-year-old Wickmayer has won 3 WTA singles titles to Bartoli’s 5 despite being 5 years younger than the French woman. Wickmayer of Belgium often shows signs of being a future Top 10 player and made the semi finals at the 2009 US Open. Wickmayer is a great athlete who will need to extend the points, making it into a physical contest and keep Bartoli on the move as much as possible.
To see the FULL 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play, prize money and WTA ranking points earned per round plus more details about the qualifying event click-> Indian Wells 2011 Women’s Schedule of Play.
The 2011 Indian Wells Open Women’s singles semi finals draw is:
- Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v (16) Maria SHARAPOVA (4) Stosur
- (3) Zvonareva Yanina WICKMAYER (23) v (15) Marion BARTOLI (2) Clijsters
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