Pliskova, Kuznetsova charge into semis at Indian Wells

Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova needed a third match point to see off Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) on Wednesday.

Czech star Karolina Pliskova   -  Getty Images

Karolina Pliskova huffed and puffed, and eventually overcame Garbine Muguruza's resistance to reach the BNP Paribas Open semifinal.

Czech third seed Pliskova needed a third match point to see off French Open champion Muguruza 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5) on Wednesday.

Muguruza refused to surrender as she faced elimination in the quarter-finals at Indian Wells, rallying from 5-2 down in the second set as she fended off two match points heading into a tie-break.

Pliskova, however, was not to be denied her third semifinal of 2017, having reigned supreme in Doha and Brisbane this year.

KUZNETSOVA AWAITS IN FINAL FOUR

Standing in the way of Pliskova and a spot in the final is Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova - a two-time BNP Paribas Open finalist - was too strong for countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-2.

Former world number two Kuznetsova was largely untroubled as she tallied 21 winners and just 12 unforced errors to reach the semis for the first time since 2008.