BNP Paribas: Victoria Azarenka cruises in Indian Wells but Agnieszka Radwanska crashes out
Last Updated: 13/03/13 8:30am
Victoria Azarenka: Stays on course in Indian Wells
Defending champion Victoria Azarenka cruised into the quarter-finals at Indian Wells with a 6-3 6-1 win over Urszula Radwanska.
The world No 2 extended her unbeaten run in 2013 to 17 matches, despite suffering with a sore ankle which she admits has her worried ahead of a quarter-final clash with Caroline Wozniacki.
The Belarusian is bidding to become the first woman to successfully defend the Indian Wells title since Martina Navratilova in 1991.
It was a bad day for the Radwanska family, with Urszula's big sister Agnieszka - the No 3 seed - also tumbling out of the tournament at the hands of Maria Kirilenko, losing 6-1 4-6 7-5.
Top seed Azarenka broke Radwanska jnr's serve three times in the opening set and twice in the second in a routine win, with her ankle troubling her more than the Pole.
"I wasn't feeling that well," said Azarenka. "My ankle was bothering me, it's been bothering me for a while. But, on the bright side, I won the match. I could overcome those things.
"I decided to just take everything in my own hands and see where it takes me."
Asked whether her ankle problem could force her to withdraw from Indian Wells, Azarenka replied: "I'm not going to give any answer of pulling out, that's for sure.
"I'm going to do everything I can to be ready for my next match and fight as hard as I can."
Azarenka, who is unbeaten in 17 matches this season, will face eighth seed Wozniacki in the quarter-finals. Wozniacki, the 2011 champion in California, beat Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 6-3.