Paula Badosa beats Victoria Azarenka in Indian Wells
As the number 21 seed, Paula Badosa won the BNP Paribas Open. She beat number 27 seed Victoria Azarenka with a scoreline of 7-6(5), 2-6, and 7-6(2). This was the first meeting between Badosa and Azarenka. With this win, the Spaniard now has two WTA Tour titles to her name.
This was one of the most exciting matches of the tournament as it lasted a little over three hours. In the longest WTA singles final of the year so far, Paula proved why she should not be overlooked in the Tour. This was a career-best week for the Spaniard as she beat four Top 20-ranked players in a row en route to the final.
After the match, Paula was visibly pleased with how she won the event. She said, ‘I think it was a really tough match. I think it was a really good one as well, because she played an amazing level. I think I had to rise [to a] high level every set. At the third set, I think I played my best. It was the only option if I wanted to win, so I'm really proud of it’.
This was Paula’s first Indian Wells event and she managed to win in her main-draw debut. This is not the first time that this has happened because Bianca Andreecsu did it too in 2019. Paula is also the first Spaniard to win in Indian Wells because Conchita Martinez only had runner-up finishes.
With this win, Paula is now ranked number 26. This is a good sign for her future because she is ready to build on this momentum.
She said, ‘The first thing that I've learned this week is that nothing is impossible. If you fight, if you work, after all these years, you can achieve anything. That's the first message that I see that could happen. And to dream. Sometimes you have tough moments. In my case, I have been through tough moments. I never stopped dreaming’.
This was an interesting event to watch because there were many top players. With Paula taking the trophy home, she should be a dark horse contender in every event she plays in the foreseeable future.
Words: Cholo Martin