Sharapova beats Errani, Kirilenko defeats Kvitova to reach Indian Wells SFs

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The first quarter final match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells was played on Wednesday between Czech 5th seed Petra Kvitova and 13th seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia. The Russian served first and games went with serve until she broke to lead 4-2, but the Czech then turned on the power and managed to take the set 6-4. Kirilenko also started the second set and allowed Kvitova to get an early break to lead 2-1 and 4-2, but she suffered one of her famous meltdowns to let Kirilenko take four games in a row and allow the Russian to take the set on another break – the result of four successive double faults – to take the set 6-4. In the decider Kirilenko broke to lead 5-3 and made no mistake in serving out for the set at 6-3 to become the first player into the semis.

In the other bottom half of the draw quarter final, 2nd seed Maria Sharapova played against 6th seed Sara Errani. Going into this match the Russian led the head to head stat 2-0 with both matches being won 6-3 6-2, including the final of the 2012 French Open. Wednesday’s match was much closer, with Errani withstanding the Russian’s power to take the first set to a very hard fought breaker which Sharapova took 8-6. Even though Sharapova took the second set 6-3, it was a real battle for every point, as the match lasted a minute over two hours.

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