World No.2 Maria Sharapova edged out 13th seed Maria Kirilenko in an all Russian semi-final 6-4, 6-3 to move into the final for the second straight year at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Joining her in the championship match will be a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki, who fought back from a set down to upset 4th seed Angelique Kerber 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 setting up a battle of former champions.
Sharapova was just better on court than her compatriot Maria Kirilenko. Her serve was consistent and accurate throughout and the 13th seed could not force a single break. Moreover, the 2nd seed won 83% of points on her first serve. This proved to be difference in the opening set as the former world no.1 saved 6 break points and got the crucial early break for a 2-1 lead and carried on from there to eventually serve out the set 6-4.