Paula Badosa qualified this Tuesday for the quarter finals from Indian wells after defeating the czech Barbora Krejcikova by 6-1 and 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes. Badosa, world number 27, defeated the third-seeded Indian Wells and ranking number 5 of the WTA in a match in which she was very solid and effective from start to finish. The Spanish will be measured in the next round at winner of the confrontation between the German Angelique Kerber and the australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
“Am super proud of what I have done today “, said Badosa at the end of the game. Badosa said that he knew that to win”I had to play perfect“and highlighted that Krejcikova is” very talented “and one of his” favorite players “.
After beating the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska already the young american Cori Gauff, Badosa had a rival of a lot of level in the round of 16 with the tennis player who this year won the title of Roland Garros in singles and in double (with Katerina Siniaková) But the Spanish, who already defeated Krejcikova this year at the Mutua Madrid Open, did not shake her pulse.
Aggressive from the start, Badosa achieved break service to Krejcikova in the first game of the match thanks to a splendid parallel backhand. The Czech had two “break” balls to balance the game with 2-1 against, but Badosa, with poise and cold blood, solved the mess in which he had gotten into with two great serves and put the 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Dominating from the bottom of the track and with the feeling of be very comfortable, Badosa got a second service break that left him all in the face in the first set (4-1). He closed it for the Fast Track: a new “break”, with a fantastic backhand winning rest, gave him the first set 6-1 in just 29 minutes.
Krejcikova’s doubts and problems
The Doubts and the mistakes had marked the start of the Krejcikova match, which also asked for medical assistance for problems in the left hand before starting the second set. Badosa did not take his foot off the gas and it was 2-0 when breaking, once again, the service of the czech. But at that time Krejcikova woke up, whowho achieved two consecutive “break” for flip the marker (2-3) and change the tone of the match by pulling the punch.
Did not lose faith Badosa Despite the fact that his serve, very firm and precise in the first set, seemed to waver at times. Badosa broke his opponent’s service again, any doubt was shaken that could go through his head, and with two direct aces placed the 4-3 on the markingr after a blank game.
Krejcikova could not show his best level and began to exhibit some signs of despair, so much so that he threw the racket to the ground after a lost point. Badosa had a great opportunity to finish the meeting with a match ball from the rest, but the Czech survived and tied the duel (5-5).
But with 6-5 in his favor and three match balls to the rest, Badosa had no mercy and the match with the first of them was scored with a wonderful parallel right hand that led her to sing victory with her arms raised and a big smile.
Badosa: “Trust is achieved by working very hard”
Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa, who qualified for the Indian Wells quarterfinals, assured Efe after his match that the confidence he feels on the track is the result of his work and his environment.
“In the end, trust is like this: working very hard, being with your team, being well and happy. When you are happy, you give up more. And that is what has made me progress in my tennis and in my life, “he explained.
Badosa prevailed with clarity and brilliance to the Czech Barbora Krejcikova by 6-1 and 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes.
The Spanish, number 27 in the world, defeated the third seed of Indian Wells and number 5 in the WTA ranking in a meeting in which she was very solid and effective from start to finish.
Badosa will face the German Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, tenth seed in the tournament and number 15 in the world.
The tennis player is the last remaining Spanish representative in the Californian desert tournament after the defeats in the third round of the men’s draw by Albert Ramos and Pablo Carreño.
Badosa dedicated a few loving words to Krejcikova, the tennis player who this year won the Roland Garros title in singles and doubles (along with Katerina Siniaková).
“She is a great player, very talented. I think she is the player who is having the best year on the entire circuit (…). He has very good shots on all sides, “he said.
Aware that he had to “play very well” to have options, Badosa indicated that his tactic was to be brave and anticipate his opponent’s movements.
“Being very aggressive, shooting before her. Serving very well has also been the key. And in the end, she is a player who, if you are not aggressive, opens the angles and the court very well. I am very happy because I have applied the plan of being aggressive before her very well, “she said.
At 23, Badosa is going through a great moment of form after a season in which he has taken an important step forward.
“It’s a bit of everything. I already started the preseason training very well. I was another player, I was the 90th in the world. But, little by little, this year, winning games, overcoming situations complicated, working very hard, things have come to me, “he said.
“In the end, you are playing with these players (the best in the world), you are winning them, you are training with themThat way you also learn, and you get better, “he added.
Shelby Rogers stops Leylah Fernández
The Canadian tennis player of Ecuadorian descent Leylah Fernández fell this Tuesday in the knockout stages of Indian Wells against the American Shelby Rogers by 6-2, 1-6 and 6-7 (4) in 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Fernández, world number 28, clearly scored the first set while Rogers, who is ranked 44th in the WTA ranking, did the same in second.
The third set was a long battle of almost an hour and a half on the track in which Fernández went through problems to maintain the service in the final section and where he had to save a match ball.
The match was decided in the “tie break”, where Fernández’s mistakes and Rogers’ punch tipped the balance. on the side of the second after a volley from the Canadian who stayed in the net.
Rogers will face in the quarterfinals to the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko.
With only 19 years old, Fernández surprised the whole world by being a finalist in the United States Open in September.
There lost to another promising young woman in women’s tennis, 18-year-old Briton Emma Raducanu.
Despite that defeat in the final, Fernandez was one of the capitalized names in the women’s competition at Indian Wells, where he started as seed number 23.
Fernández had just won the Californian desert tournament Alizé Cornet from France and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia.