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Sony Ericsson Open: Murray, Azarenka, and Serena Advance to the Semis

Victoria Azarenka by alex_lee2001.

The match between Andy Murray and Fernando Verdasco was definitely the most lopsided match of the day, as Murray was absolutely ruthless against an injured Verdasco. The Spaniard injured himself in the second game of the first set and he, consequently, was unable to hold serve at all in the first set. Murray capitalized on Verdasco’s injury to win the match 6-1, 6-2. He will face Juan Martin del Potro, who defeated Rafael Nadal, in the semifinals.

After the match, Verdasco spoke briefly about his injury, as well as, the match. “He played good. He’s a great player. He’s one of the best players right now. If you’re not 100%, you have no chances to win against him. I was feeling pretty good for the match, and I was unlucky that this [injury] happened in the second game of the match. But I don’t like to also make excuses for the loss. He played better than me and he deserved the victory.”

World number 10, Victoria Azarenka, had a much tougher time with Svetlana Kuznetsova then Murray did with Verdasco. This match was very close and breaks of serve happened frequently. In the end, Azarenka was able to defeat the experienced 8th seeded Kuznetsova in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.
The Belarusian, Azarenka, has won two previous Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tournaments, but this will be her first Premier final and she won’t have an easy match, as she will face Serena Williams in the final.

Azarenka reinstated the importance of this tournament, after her victory over Kuznetsova. “It’s really big, because it’s first final in such a big tournament for me. It’s the biggest moment, I would say, in my career.”

The highlight of the day, however, was the match between Venus and Serena Williams, in which Serena was able to win in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Both sisters broke each other often, but in the third set, it was Serena that made the big shots in the clutch. Serena, who is 52-5 in the Sony Ericsson Open, will be attempting to win her second WTA Tour event of the season and the 34th of her career.

(Photo of Victoria Azarenka by Alex Lee)

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