World No.1 Victoria Azarenka is on a huge roll this year, but will the soon-to-be Top 15 player Angelique Kerber be able to stop her in their first ever encounter? Our guest poster Omair is looking into the matter.
The first Indian Wells semifinal pits Victoria Azarenka, the shrieka and the streaka, against fast-rising German, Angelique Kerber, who has shown that she has the nerves of iron after her first two matches at Indian Wells and who holds the third most match wins this season, after Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska.
Azarenka is 21-0 so far this year, while Kerber is 19-4 this year. The pair has never met before, both had straight sets wins over their opponents in the quarterfinal matches. Let's have a look at their path to the semifinal.
Azarenka nearly lost her opener against Mona Barthel, but since then has not lost more than three games in a set, and has only lost her serve four times in her previous three matches. Azarenka has matched her previous best showing here at Indian Wells – 2009 when she lost in the semis to Vera Zvonareva, who went on to win the title.
Was Kerber's road to the semis full of roses or full of thorns? Read more »