Mladenovic is through to her first semi-final in a top tier WTA premier mandatory event

France’s Kristina Mladenovic beat former champion Caroline Wozniacki to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals and break into the world’s top 20.

The fast-improving 23-year-old, seeded 28th, saw off 2011 winner and 13th seed Wozniacki 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Mladenovic next faces American Venus Williams or Russia’s Elena Vesnina.

In Thursday’s men’s matches, Swiss Stan Wawrinka plays Austrian Dominic Thiem, while Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta faces Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.

Mladenovic added Wozniacki to seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, world number three Karolina Pliskova and, earlier this week, fourth seed Simona Halep in the list of leading names she has beaten in 2017.

She began her quarter-final slowly, falling 5-1 down against Wozniacki, who was in form herself after recent finals in Doha and Dubai, and had won all three of their previous matches.

But the Frenchwoman showed why her singles game is beginning to match the level that sees her currently ranked third in doubles.

Her more powerful game began to dominate Wozniacki and, after edging the second set in a tie-break, Mladenovic raced way with the decider as the Dane struggled with an ankle problem.

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