Wozniacki crushes Sharapova to reach final


INDIAN WELLS – Top seed Caroline Wozniacki blasted her way into the Indian Wells final on Friday, allowing three-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova just one service hold in a ruthless display. World number one Wozniacki demolished her Russian opponent 6-1, 6-2 in front of a crowd of about 7,000 at the BNP Paribas Open to set up a clash with France’s Marion Bartoli.
Speaking about her opponent in Sunday’s final, the 20-year-old said of Bartoli, who beat Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-1, 6-3: “Marion is a player who is also trying to play very aggressively, taking the ball early. “She’s not going to give me a lot of free points.” Wozniacki is in a rich vein of form, reaching her third straight final after winning in Dubai and finishing as runner-up at Doha.