Badosa will opt for his first major title in Indian Wells against Azarenka

  • “The feeling of being in the final is incredible,” says the Catalan tennis player after beating Tunisian Ons Jabeur by a double 6-3.

Strong and solid Paula Badosa he has earned the right to play his first major title at Indian Wells by defeating 6-3 double. this friday to the tunisian Our Jabeur.

In one hour and 21 minutes the Catalan tennis player has reached the final of the Californian tournament in which she will face the Belarusian this Sunday Vitoria Azarenka who has defeated, in the other semifinal, the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko by 3-6, 6-3 and 7-5.

Badosa is the first Spaniard to reach the Indian Wells final since Conchita Martínez, who played for the championship in 1992 and 1996 but failed to take victory on either occasion. Badosa He is opting to win the second title of his career after winning his first in Sofia (Bulgaria) this year and reaching the semifinals of the Masters 1,000 in Madrid.

‘Top ten’, in sight

The triumph of the Catalan tennis player, 23 years old and started the year in the world position 70, has already secured the 17th place in the world and I’d jump to number 10 with 3,296 points ahead of the Polish Iga Swiatek (3,286), Si Badosa conquers the title and the 1,000 points at stake for the champion of the Californian tournament, it will be aspiring to contest the WTA finals that the eight best of the year must play from November 10 to 17 in Guadalajara (Mexico).

Badosa has started the game breaking the service of Jabeur (14 world) to get ahead 2-0. The Tunisian tennis player with the only ‘break’ she has made in the match (2-2) against the Catalan tennis player who has broken hers four more times during the match. Badosa, with a very solid game and very attentive to the changes of rhythm and stopped Jabeur, He has only struggled at the end of the game in which he has needed six ‘match balls’ to certify his triumph. The first three with serve held by Jabeur and the other three with their serve in a last game that has raised a 0-40 against.

“Very excited”

“I’m very excited. The feeling of being in the final is incredible. It was a very difficult game and I needed to play solidly and aggressively. I think I have managed to maintain that combination very well and that is why I have achieved victory ”, he valued Badosa.

On her next rival, the former world number 1 and Australian Open champion (2012 and 2013), Azarenka, the Catalan tennis player valued her “great experience” and announced “a tough game that I come to with confidence”. The Indian Wells final will be the first meeting between the two tennis players. “I have seen Azarenka in many finals, competing for Grand Slams, … I know her game, she has great intensity and she is a very tough opponent. She is a huge competitor. I’m looking forward to going out and playing ”.

The Catalan tennis player reaches the final after having previously eliminated in the tournament Jabeur aa the ukrainian Dinara Yestremska (6-4, 2-6, 6-2), the American Cori Gauff (6-2, 6-2) and the German Angelique Kerber (6-4 and 7-5).

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