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Vesnina downs Mladenovic to enter Indian Wells final

ANI  |  California [USA] 

World No. 15 Elena Vesnina from cruised into the Indian Wells WTA final with a thumping victory over in-form Kristina Mladenovic of France on Friday.

Vesnina defeated Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in a match that lasted for one hour and 24 minutes.

She will now face either third-ranked Czech Kristina Pliskova or Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova in Sunday's championship match.

Vesnina had stunned World No. 2 Angelique Kerber in the Round of 16 before upsetting Venus Williams in a three-set quarterfinal thriller.

The 30-year-old has lifted two doubles crowns in the Coachella Valley, with Indian ace Sania Mirza in 2011 and Ekaterina Makarova in 2013.

This is Vesnina's first appearance in a final since Charleston last season and the biggest final of her career on the WTA Tour.

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First Published: Sat, March 18 2017. 12:13 IST
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