Result: Maria Kirilenko claims semi-final spot

Maria Kirilenko
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Russia's Maria Kirilenko reaches the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova.

Maria Kirilenko has booked her place in the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells.

The Russian, who defeated Agnieska Radwanska in the previous round, had to come from behind to see off her Czech opponent.

Kvitova took the first set 6-4 before Kirilenko hit back to edge the second by the same score, and the decider by a slightly more convincing 6-3.

She will face either Sara Errani or compatriot Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals.

Maria Kirilenko from Russia returns a shot in her first round match against Vania King at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013)
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