Indian Wells Tennis Women's Semifinals 2017 Results, Updated Finals Schedule

Friday night at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, was all about semifinal action on the women's side of the draw. 

Russia's Elena Vesnina squared off against France's Kristina Mladenovic in the evening's first clash with a spot in the championship at stake, while Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic duked it out for the other title berth. 

Below, you'll find a rundown of the evening's scores, as well as recaps of the two prime-time matches:  

Like the men's championship, the women's championship match is scheduled for Sunday with the day's action primed to get underway at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. local time). 

 

Recap

As the 6-3, 6-4 scoreline indicates, Vesnina made light work of Mladenovic

A day after she dispatched Venus Williams, Vesnina came out on fire and opened up a commanding 5-0 lead in the first set before she ultimately closed out the opening frame after ceding a few games to her challenger. 

As the WTA documented on Twitter, Vesnina's forehand was simply too much for Mladenovic to handle: 

That theme continued through the second set, when Vesnina mounted a 5-1 lead and kept Mladenovic off balance behind powerful serves and tidy net play, which were captured by the WTA

The 30-year-old took her foot off the gas again when she dropped three consecutive games in the second set, but she regained her composure and put the finishing touches on the second stanza to take things home in straight sets. 

"I think 30 is the new 20 in tennis" Vesnina said after reaching her first career Premier Mandatory singles final, per the New York Times' Christopher Clarey

With a win in hand, the WTA's Twitter account relayed complete video of Vesnina discussing arguably the biggest win of her career: 

On the flip side, Mladenovic maintained a positive outlook despite failing to reach the final, as WTA Insider noted: 

In the evening's second semifinal, Kuznetsova needed a pair of tiebreaks to survive Pliskova

Incidentally, 7-6, 7-6 was the exact scoreline Pliskova notched in her quarterfinal win over Garbine Muguruza to set up her date with Kuznetsova in the first place. 

However, Pliskova couldn't solve the Russian's stellar defense, as the WTA documented on Twitter, and was unable to come up with a break in the second set to force a decisive third frame: 

Kuznetsova will now look to knock off Vesnina for the second time in her career after they split their first two matches against one another.  

However, it's been three years since they last met. 

While Vesnina emerged victorious in their first clash back in 2009 on hard court, Kuznetsova secured a 2014 win on clay when they played in Portugal. 

With a rubber match on deck Sunday night, Vesnina and Kuznetsova may very well go the distance for the second time in three meetings if they both perform the way they did Friday evening. 

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