Jelena Ostapenko on reaching Indian Wells SF: I stepped up and played like top player

World No. 29 Jelena Ostapenko thought she stepped up and played like a top player after finding herself down in the third against American home favorite Shelby Rogers at the Indian Wells Masters. 

Ostapenko, a former world No. 5, claimed a 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over Rogers to progress into the Indian Wells semifinal. 

Rogers had a 3-1 lead in the third set and three consecutive break points but from that moment she didn’t win a game in the rest of the match. 

“I think from 1-3 down, Love-40, I played like a top player,” Ostapenko said, per the WTA website. “Before I was rushing too much, making some unforced errors not in the right moments.”

Ostapenko aims a strong end to the season

“It’s really great because especially after I couldn’t play US Open, I was really sad about it because I was in such a great form before,” Ostapenko said. “I think it’s another great opportunity because it’s a big tournament. I just enjoy it. It’s the last couple of tournaments this season. I’m just going to try to enjoy it as much as possible.

“I honestly feel like I can continue the season much longer, but there are not many tournaments left. Most of the players are very tired, but I don’t feel like that. I’m kind of feeling very fresh.”

Ostapenko will be battling former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka for a place in the Indian Wells final. 

“She’s a great player,” Ostapenko said. “She’s such a champion, a great fighter I think. Both of us are great fighters. It’s going to be an interesting match.

“I’m more focused on my game. Of course, she’s very consistent. It’s going to be hard. But if I play my game and choose the right shots, I will be consistent, I think it will be a very interesting match.”

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