Victoria Azarenka has outperformed and beat the former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on Friday. She is aiming to become the first three-time WTA winner in Indian Wells
During the game, she continued her solid play and arrived in the semi-finals without dropping a set. After losing the first one to Ostapenko on Friday night she settled in and found her form.
Now, Azarenka will face either Ons Jabeur of Tunisia or Paula Badosa of Spain in the other semi on Friday night at the Tennis Garden stadium.
Azarenka is the only former champion left in either the women-s or men-s field and with another victory can separate herself from a group of women who have won the trophy twice that includes Martina Navratilova, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
She is seeking to win the tournament for the third time after victories in 2012 and 2016.
Ostapenko was controlling most of the first set by breaking Azarenka in the second game to go up 2-0. She then held serve to jump out to a 3-0 lead using her powerful ground strokes to move her around the court.
Later, Azarenka raised her level another notch in a hard fought third set, winning the final three games to get to the final.
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