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Vesnina soars to new heights in Indian Wells

Vesnina soars to new heights in Indian Wells

Svetlana Kuznetsova has earned a place in the Indian Wells Masters final after she recorded an excellent straight-sets win over Karolina Pliskova.

Vesnina defeated 28th-seeded Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in Friday's semifinal, while Kuznetsova defeated Np.

Williams needed three sets to win two of her first three matches at Indian Wells, where she was playing for the second time after a 15-year boycott because of a hostile crowd reaction she received in 2001 after withdrawing with an injury from a semifinal against younger sister Serena. She also trailed, 2-4, in the third set before she again reeled off four straight games. As Williams shook off a lethargic start and began to apply some pressure, Vesnina kept her poise, finishing off the contest on her fourth match point after fending off six break points in the final game.

"I can not believe it, to be honest, to win such a big title against such a great player like Svetlana", Vesnina told ESPN's Pam Shriver afterward.

This is Vesnina's first appearance in a final since Charleston last season and the biggest final of her career on the WTA Tour.


Mladenovic, who claimed a maiden WTA title in St Petersburg last month before reaching the final in Acapulco, could not find an answer no matter how she tried. Mladenovic recovered from an early break in the second to move ahead 5-3 before ultimately leveling the match 7-4 in the tiebreak. I played her a few times, and different conditions twice. "It was first time I saw it, I was, like, 'Whoa, I really, really want to play this tournament.' I was dreaming just to get here".

"I felt great. I felt like I was just giving all I had in me there, and that's what I work for, you know, the moments that really matter".

The physical and emotional strain of the draining first set took a toll on Vesnina in the second. "Too many unforced errors, especially in the third to give him too many chances to break". However, Vesnina's two title triumphs came in 2013 at the worldwide tier event in Hobart against Mona Barthel, and a Premier-level title on the grass courts of Eastbourne in 2013, dispatching Jamie Hampton.

Two-time Grand Slam singles champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is arguably playing the best tennis of her career in nearly a decade. I was not thinking about the final.

However, Sock will have to overcome a shaky past against Federer in order to prevent the 18-time Grand Slam champion from etching out a spot in the tournament finals. So I think I would say this was the best match what I have played against her from her side.