Maria is through to the semis at Indian Wells after she defeated Mary Pierce of France 6-4 6-3 in 1 hour and 27 minutes.
The 1st set was very close with many games going the distance and all Maria needed was 1 break at 4-3. In the 2nd set Maria raced into a
4-0 lead, then Pierce took the next 2 games, Maria then won the next game but was broken when serving for the set at 5-2, Maria then re-grouped and took the next game to take the set and the match.
In the semis Maria will play world #1 Lindsay Davenport of the United States. Maria has played Davenport twice before and leads the series 2-0. Maria won both matches in 3 sets in the semis at Wimbledon last year and the final in Tokyo earlier this year. Maria is now on a 12 match winning streak since her 1 and only loss to Serena Williams this year at the Australian Open. Maria is 17-1 for the year. This semi will be played tomorrow on Stadium court and it is the third match on court and the schedule starts at 12.00PT. Good luck Maria!