Maria is through to her third final at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after she defeated No.13 seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia. Maria won 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 42 minutes.
Maria got the first break of the set when Kirilenko hit a shot wide. Maria served for the set at 5-4 and won the set when Kirilenko hit a shot long.
A backhand return that clipped the net gave Maria the first break of the second set to lead 4-3. After a long rally in the final game of the match, Maria hit a forehand down-the-line to break Kirilenko again to move through to her first final of 2013.
In Sunday’s final to be played at 12.00 PM local time (3.00 PM ET and 8.00 PM CET), Maria will play No.8 seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Maria has played Wozniacki six times before and leads the series 4-2. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2008 Doha QF: Maria won 6-0 6-1
2008 Rome R3: Maria won 6-4 7-6
2010 US Open R4: Wozniacki won 6-3 6-4
2011 Indian Wells SF: Wozniacki won 6-1 6-2
2011 Rome SF: Maria won 7-5 6-3
2012 Miami SF: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
On Monday, Maria will move up to No.2 with 9715 points in the WTA rankings.