The Catalan tennis player conquers the title after a very hard battle of 3 hours and 6 minutes in which she has imposed on Azarenka
In the ‘tie break’, after 3 hours and 6 minutes of battle and after being two points away from defeat, Paula Badosa has won the 1,000 Indian Wells Masters by defeating in the final Victoria Azarenka by 7-6 (7-5), 2-6 and 7-6 (7-2). The 23-year-old Catalan tennis player will appear this Monday, thanks to her victory, as world number 10, after a spectacular season that started from 70th place.
🏆 It’s yours, Paula, it’s yours, Indian Wells is yours! You have just made history for Spanish sports! What a bright future awaits you! This is the first of many!
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Badosa He has scored the first set in a battle of one hour and 18 minutes after winning the tie break (7-5). The two tennis players have jumped onto the court very tense and without finding dominance over the other. Azarenka and Badosa service has been broken twice.
The Catalan tennis player has managed to get ahead 4-3, Azarenka He has recovered it in the next and again to take a 6-5 lead and serve in his power. Badosa has saved the situation to force a tiebreaker that began dominating 4-0 but in which Azarenka has managed to equalize 5-5 before ending up giving up the set.
Azarenka has had a forceful starting response in the second round in which he has broken the kick-off Badosa twice to go ahead 3-0 and although the Catalan tennis player has recovered one (3-1), the Belarusian tennis player has achieved a third ‘break’ (4-1) and has no longer let the advantage slip away. The mental and physical effort of the first set has noticed Badosa that he has lost consistency and security in his strokes.
The battle continued in the third set in which the Belarusian tennis player continued to maintain the pressure to save a 0-2 against and move to 5-4 and 30-0 to certify the victory. But when all seemed lost, four consecutive mistakes of Azarenka they have allowed Badosa enter the party again. He has not wasted it. The Catalan tennis player has equalized the match and has forced the ‘tie break’ in which she has imposed herself in a resounding way to celebrate it by throwing herself on the ground and then hugging her boyfriend, the Cuban model, Juan Betancort, and his current coach, Jorge Garcia.
Recognition to Azarenka
“This victory is a dream come true”, highlighted the tennis player from Begur, born in New York, who has had words of appreciation towards her rival. “I saw you win Grand Slams on television when I was 14 and 15 years old. Thank you for inspiring me. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for players like you,” he told Azarenka.
The title in Indian wells is the second that conquers Badosa in his career after winning this year’s first in Belgrade and previously reaching the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters 1,000 and the quarter-finals at Roland Garros and the Tokyo Olympics. Successes that catapult her to the tenth world place and the eighth in the race of champions to play the WTA finals in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.