Paula Badosa marches into second WTA 1000 semi-final of 2021
Paula Badosa has become the first Spanish woman since 2003 to reach the Indian Wells semi-final after ousting 2019 finalist Angelique Kerber.
The in-form Spaniard dispatched the three-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to set up a meeting with Ons Jabeur, who also broke new ground by becoming the first Arab woman to break into the top 10.
Indian Wells is Badosa’s second WTA 1000 semi-final of the season, having advanced to the same stage at the Madrid Open in May.
Ahead of her clash against the talented Tunisian, Badosa admitted she will be in for a ‘tough one’ against an opponent who has won more matches than any other player on the WTA tour this year.
“I hope tonight she eats a lot of burgers and she cannot play,” Badosa said, laughing. “We were just talking now. It’s really fun to play against her. We’re really good friends again so I’m playing another friend. It’s going to be a tough one.”
“I always said she’s one of the most talented players in the world. She’s doing an amazing year. It’s nice seeing all these players that we were like a few years ago outside the Top 100 now being Top 10, Top 20, fighting for the finals. It’s amazing.
“I’m super happy and I’m happy that I can play her.”
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