The first set went smoothly for Wozniacki, who was able to break Bartoli three times with a series of well-placed shots. The weather did not help Bartoli any way as she was breathing heavily as she darted from either side of the court in an attempt to follow her opponent’s shots. It was only when Wozniacki decided to step back in the second set that allowed Bartoli to earn two breaks in that set.
Wozniacki was back in the game in the third set, breaking Bartoli after two deuces. Bartoli, who is the first Frenchwoman to reach the finals in Indian Wells, double-faulted, falling down to 4-1.She only managed to break Wozniacki in the third set when the latter missed a backhand and Bartoli made it past the deuce game, closing the set at 4-3. Wozniacki would not be deterred, however. She upped her shots, chose her targets and won the last two games.
“She just went for her shots. She started to hit even harder,” Wozniacki said. “I didn’t feel I played badly. I thought actually I played pretty good, but she was very steady, keeping the pressure.”