No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova and No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova set up a semifinal meeting at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday with wins in the quarterfinals in Indian Wells, Calif.
The defending US Open finalist Pliskova defeated reigning French Open winner and No. 7 seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6(2), 7-6(5), while the two-time Slam winner Kuznetsova defeated fellow Russian and No. 19 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-2.
Pliskova and Kuznetsova are 1-1 career against each other going into their semifinal meeting. Muguruza said the margins were extra slim with Pliskova.
“I think it was a very tough match, yesterday in press I said this was one of the toughest matches I could have,” Muguruza said after losing in two tiebreaks. “I’m not disappointed at all — I think it was just three points that made the difference, and these three points are for the ones that have more confidence. There were things I could do better, but I think it was details, honestly.”
Thursday in Indian Wells will see the quarterfinals (13) Carolina Wozniacki vs. (28) Kristina Mladenovic, and (12) Venus Williams vs. (14) Elena Vesnina.
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