On Friday, Caroline Wozniacki will see whether or not she can get revenge from the two beatdowns that Julia Goerges threw at her last season clay when they face off in sparsely attended Dubai. A match up against current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka would have been a bit more spicy, but the Belarusian pulled out with an ankle injury before her second match, so the chips fell where they did with Wozniacki taking out an erratic Ana Ivanovic 6-3 7-5?, and Goerges hitting through Daniela Hantuchova late 4-6 6-3 6-4, Goerges, who was pretty much a disaster on hard courts last year, seems to have found away to get her big forehand working on faster courts. Wozniacki played steady enough to best Ivanovic, who looked so unsettled once again in what was a winnable match. Even with coach Nigel Sears around, she still panics too much. Wozniacki cannot back off against the German and let her get confident. If “Caro” happens to win the tournament it will be her first real burst since New haven late last summer. She badly needs a title run.
The suddenly very outspoken Agnieszka Radwanska clubbed a sick Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-1? and will face Jelena Jankovic, who ran past Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-2?. After the match, Radwanska criticized Azarenka for over exaggerating her ankle injury when they faced off in the Doha semis last week, which was pretty quick win for the new No. 1. I was a bit taken aback by Radwanska