INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- Three of the four women who made the semifinals weren't on many people's racquet brackets as the tournament favorites either withdrew (original top seed Serena Williams) or were sent home early. Here is a preview of the first semifinal:
14th seed Elina Vesnina Mladenovic v 28th seed Kristina Mladenovic
This is not a semifinal a lot of people were expecting to see, but here we are. Vesnina's road to the semifinals includes straight-sets win over Shelby Rogers in the second round, three-set win over Timea Babos in the third round, stunned top seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round and battled past fan favorite Venus Williams in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Red-hot Mladenovic is having a great start of the season, having won her maiden WTA singles title over a month ago in St. Petersburg. Her road to the semifinals includes downing 4th seed Simona Halep in the third round, taking out American Lauren Davis in the fourth round, and coming from a set down to defeat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time on Thursday.
Both these players serve big and are aggressive off the ground. Vesnina has had a great run but Mladenovic has a slight edge. Winner: Mladenovic in three.
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