‘I’m believing every point’ – Paula Badosa races into Indian Wells final
Paula Badosa booked her place in the final of Indian Wells with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
Badosa claimed her 40th win of the season on her sixth match point, as she became the first Spanish woman to reach the Indian Wells final since Conchita Martinez finished runner-up in 1996.
The world number 27 will face two-time champion Victoria Azarenka for the first time in today’s final, Badosa has already defeated Barbora Krejcikova and Angelique Kerber this week as she bids for a second WTA title.
“Mentally I think I’m very confident,” Badosa said. “I’m believing every point. Every day I’m working very hard as well. I think I’m progressing on a little bit of everything and that’s what is making my level going up. That’s why I’m in a final and playing against the best of the world.”
Speaking after the match, Jabeur conceded she tried her absolute best, but was beaten by the better player.
“Today I feel like I did something different than other days,” Jabeur said. “I was really fighting hard even though I knew I wasn’t playing very well. I just tried. I tried to think. I tried to do whatever in my power. Honestly I don’t regret much because today she was a much better player.”
“I feel like my goal right now is to recover because I think I play Tuesday, which sucks because I thought I would have a bye,” Jabeur added. “Of course, someone took wild cards in Moscow. I have maybe a 10-hour flight. That gives me plenty of time to think about what happened this week.
“But, yeah, my main goal is to be ready for Moscow. The same goal: Guadalajara. I’m really not far. A lot of things in play. A lot of things depend on Paula right now. Let’s see what’s going to happen.”
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