World No.1 Victoria Azarenka powered to her fourth title of the season, extending her perfect 2012 win-loss record to 23-0, with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova in the final of Indian Wells. Azarenka is now 5-3 against Sharapova, and four of those five victories came in finals, all in straight sets, while the last was the 2012 Australian Open final which Azarenka won 6-3 6-0.
In today’s title match, Sharapova won only three service games and made 37 unforced errors to Azarenka’s 14. The match was Azarenka’s from start to finish, except for Sharapova’s brief interruptions of Azarenka’s streak in the middle of the second set, when Sharapova made two breaks.
The most difficult match of Azarenka’s run to the Indian Wells title was her opener against Mona Barthel, a three-setter with two tiebreaks. In the third round Azarenka ousted Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2, then she beat Julia Goerges 6-3 6-1 in the fourth round, crushed Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals 6-0 6-2, and Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-3 in the semis.
Editor’s update: My appologies for no updates on the semifinals, I was struck by some virus, and wasn’t able to write. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)