Wozniacki to meet Sharapova
Caroline Wozniacki reached her third BNP Paribas Open final in four years by coming through a marathon semi-final against fourth seed Angelique Kerber.
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Eighth seed Wozniacki, the champion in 2011 and beaten finalist the year before, prevailed 2-6 6-4 7-5 in a wildly fluctuating contest to book a final showdown with Maria Sharapova, who saw off Maria Kirilenko 6-4 6-3 in the all-Russian clash.
In a match containing 14 service breaks, Wozniacki came from a set and a break down to lead 4-1 and then 5-3 in the third set. Her German opponent clawed her way back to 5-6 before being broken for a seventh and final time when she netted a forehand.
"I led 4-1 in the third and should have finished it off there but she's a great fighter," said Wozniacki after ending a three-match losing streak against left-hander Kerber.
"It is very special. I really enjoy this tournament. I think it shows. I have done great results here in the past, and this is another very good one."
Sharapova, like Wozniacki a former world number one, will also be appearing in her third final at the Indian Wells tournament, having been demolished by Victoria Azarenka in the title match last year.
She broke her good friend Kirilenko in the third game and went on to take a hard-fought first set in an hour.
The second seed tightened her grip in the second set with much sharper serving, breaking twice more before sealing victory on her first match point with a crunching forehand winner down the line.
"I've known Maria since we were little girls so there are no secrets out there on court," said Sharapova. "It's always tough to play against someone when you have played so many tournaments together.
"I started to serve better in the second set and that gave me a few free points. She gets so many balls back and likes to play those long points. My job was to be more aggressive than usual."