Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur insisted she didn't have regrets after losing to Paula Badosa because she felt she gave it all but the Spaniard was simply the better player. Badosa, seeded at No. 21, delivered a big performance against Jabeur as she saw off the No.
12 seed 6-3 6-3 to reach the Indian Wells final. Jabeur recovered from an early set break to take a 3-2 lead but Badosa then claimed back-to-back breaks to win four games, overturn the deficit and seal the opener. Badosa then earned the lone break of the second set in the sixth game, before serving out for a straight-set win in the ninth game.
"Today I feel like I did something different than other days," Jabeur said, per the WTA website. "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."
No much time to rest for Jabeur
Jabeur, 27, is currently ninth on the Race to the WTA Finals and she will play at next week's WTA 500 event in Moscow as she is fighting hard to secure a spot for the season-ending event.
"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 said. "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."