The 2011 Indian Wells Open women’s singles final match will be played today at 11am local time Indian Wells, California in the USA. The women’s final is between No.1 seed Caroline WOZNIACKI of Denmark and No.15 seed Marion BARTOLI of France.
Pictured above is current World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki preparing to play her best shot, her double-handed backhand drive at the 2011 Australian Open. The 20-year-old Wozniacki defeated former World No.1 Maria Sharapova in the semi finals 6-1 6-2 in 1 hour and 20 minutes, afterwards she said this about her next opponent, “Marion is another player who tries to play very aggressively and take the ball early, she’s not going to give me a lot of free points.”
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Bartoli took out Andrea Petkovic only dropping 6 games, then accounted for two former World No.1’s Ana Ivanovic then Kim Clijsters before really playing impressively to take the shine out of rising star Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-3 in 1 hour and 25 minutes. Bartoli plays an Andre Agassi style of game when she is at her best where she dictates the points, takes the ball early, hits fairly flat to penetrate through the court and has a wicked down-the-line backhand.
The 26-year-old Bartoli trails Wozniacki 2-4 in their previous encounters after losing the first three matches in straights sets in 2008. The 1.7m Bartoli turned the tables on the 1.77m Wozniacki with a straight sets win in 2009 and again in 2010. Their last meeting was in Qatar this year where Wozniacki reigned supreme with a 6-1 6-1 victory.
The winner of the first set has won all 6 matches between these two so watch this one right from the first point. After her semi final Bartoli said “Caroline is so consistent. She’s not No.1 in the world for nothing – she’s not giving you much, you really have to earn every single point. I think the key will be to have a high percentage of first serves. When I beat her in Cincinnati last summer I was able to serve really well.”
Bartoli has a double-handed forehand that does not have nearly the same amount of sting, whereas Wozniacki’s forehand can be powerful but is definitely the less consistent of her two ground strokes. Bartoli will need to use her down-the-line backhand at the right times into Wozniacki’s forehand corner in ground stroke exchanges. Wozniacki will want to extend the rallies and make her elder opponent hit as many shots as she can whilst she is on the run.
In relation to being possibly the first French winner (man or woman) at the BNP Paribas Open Bartoli said, “That would be wonderful. BNP Paribas is from France and I’m proud they’re the title sponsor here. I hope I can bring the title back home.”
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