The Latvian Jelena Ostapenko and the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka have become the first semifinalists of the WTA 1,000 women’s team in Indian Wells this Wednesday and both will be measured for a place in the final of the tournament.
Ostapenko suffered to defeat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 4-6 and 6-3 in her quarterfinal match in two hours and 15 minutes of the match. Despite his eight double faults and low percentages with his serve, Ostapenko showed a very offensive tennis, reaching up to 19 break balls of which he took advantage of eight and showing very solid to the rest against a Shelby Rogers who wanted but could not .
In the semifinals Ostapenko will meet Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who managed to beat American Jessica Pegula in straight sets 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 34 minutes. ‘Vika’ had a great game, winning 81% of points with her first serve and giving only two breaks to a Jessica Pegula who was overcome by the great success of Azarenka to the rest.
This Thursday the quarterfinal round is completed with the meetings between Anett Kontaveit and Ons Jabeur (not before 15:00 local time, 00:00 Spanish time) and the match that measures the Spanish Paula Badosa with the German Angelique Kerber (not before 18:00 local time, 03:00 Spanish time).