Kuznetsova, who is a two-time major champion (2004 US Open and 2009 Roland Garros), will face fellow Russian Elena Vesnina in Sunday’s final.
In the second set, after getting her net cord gift to win the first set, she got up, 4-1, which was two service breaks.
“So, it’s going to be hard match, but on the other hand, it’s very exciting to play the semi-final match here in Indian Wells”, she added.
Roger Federer’s 6-4, 7-5 victory over Swiss countryman and friend Stan Wawrinka shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise, except maybe to the guy who achieved it. Federer’s No. 9 seed needs an asterisk, since it was primarily due to missing most of 2016 with knee issues. This tournament is one of the best tournaments in the year and maybe one of the tougher because all the people is playing here. She would rally back from a break down but fell short in the tiebreaker.
In the women’s section, Elena Vesnina denied Venus Williams another comeback win, while Kristina Mladenovic roared back from a set and a break down to beat Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semifinals.
“I spoke with my mom after the match, and she was, like, ‘Oh, my God, the netcord, the set point, and you looked a little bit down in the beginning of the second set'”. I was not thinking about the final. “I’m just super satisfied that I am on that kind of stages right now and trying to use my chances and my opportunities I have”.
“I was down a set and 4-1”. Gold medal. WTA Finals.
“I was very frustrated with the beginning of the match”, said Mladenovic, who won her first WTA title in St Petersburg earlier this year. I felt the atmosphere.
“I’m really happy for [Vesnina]”. While she would save two set points, Kuznetsova would seal the set on her fourth attempt. But Vesnina broke back and served out the set 7-5. “It’s not easy at all”.
Once again both players struggled on their own serve and Kuznetsova squandered two more set points before finally clinching the first to move into the lead.
“He’s the best player ever, so we all used to lose against him”, Wawrinka said.
Sock, meanwhile, is moving on to the semifinal after he defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Friday afternoon.