Williams and Wozniacki crash out at Indian Wells

Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were high-profile casualties in the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

The pair were each on the receiving end of three set eliminations at Indian Wells after Williams lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina and Wozniacki went down 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 to Kritina Mladenovic.

Vesnina recovered well from blowing three match points on Williams’ serve in the eighth game of the final set after the 14th seed Russian had produced three straight errors.

But Williams’ struggles with both her serve and needless mistakes ultimately secured her downfall. The American finished with 47 errors and seven double faults.

Vesnina will meet Mladenovic in the semi-finals after the 28th seed triumphed against former world number one Wozniacki.

Neither player had dropped a set in the tournament before the encounter, but Mladenovic recovered from losing the opener to claim the tiebreak in the second.

After Wozniacki received treatment from the trainer in the third, she lost the final five games and the match.

''I didn't break her when I had the opportunity,'' Wozniacki said.

''I didn't hold when I had the opportunity and all of sudden those games kind of slipped away.

“She had some big forehands when she needed to and then I see myself down 5-2, and it could maybe have been different.''