Sharapova makes it to Indian Wells semis

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will challenge World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the final of the Indian Wells Masters.

­Sharapova, who already triumphed at the tournament back in 2006, outplayed Peng Shuai of China in three sets in the quarterfinals.  

The Russian cruised to a confident 6-2 in the opener, but committed seven double-faults in the second set, allowing her rival to level matters, 5-7.

Sharapova then broke Peng at the start of the decider to collect a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory.

“I turned it on for the first set and a half and then my level definitely dropped. She took advantage of that and it was important for me to stay tough. I knew the match wasn’t over until the last point,” the Russian said.

She’ll next face Caroline Wozniacki, with the Dane progressing to the semis without a fight.

Her opponent Victoria Azarenka retired with a hip injury early in the first set.

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