On a long day of tennis in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, fifth-seeded former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic was among the casualties in matches that finished during daylight hours. She lost in a three-set battle, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to Maria Kirilenko of Russia.
Kirilenko, seeded 15th and getting closer to a top-10 ranking, defeated No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in her previous match and said afterward, "I can compete, and as you can see, I can beat them."
Maria Sharapova joined Kirilenko in one semifinal with a late-night victory Wednesday.
Sharapova ousted Italy’s Sara Errani, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Sharapova is seeded No. 3 and Errani was seeded No. 6.
On a long day of tennis, Sharapova’s match, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., didn’t get underway until 10:04 p.m. and finished at 12:05 a.m.
Errani fought the bigger, stronger Sharapova in a hard first set, then hit a shot well beyond the baseline on set point in the tiebreaker. She challenged the call and the Hawkeye camera showed that it missed by two feet.