Paula Badosa reveals key to her Indian Wells title defense

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Paula Badosa reveals key to her Indian Wells title defense

Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa joked she is trying to trick herself that it's October so she is not actually defending her Indian Wells Masters title. Badosa, 24, captured the biggest title of her career after winning last year's Indian Wells Masters.

In the final, Badosa, edged out former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller. Last year's Indian Wells edition took place in October. "I try to trick myself and say I won it in October, so I'm not quite defending it," Badosa said.

"So it's not that much pressure. "But still, I know it's a big title. I want to play match-by-match. I want to get my best tennis on court, to enjoy competing. That's a little bit the key of last year, I was enjoying every minute on court.

I was fighting for every ball until the last one and that's what made me win so many matches and get to World No.4. "There are no secrets. You have to fight. Of course, you have to have talent in tennis, but in my case I think I have to find that competitive level and don't let the pressure get into me a lot."

Badosa seeded at No. 5

As one of the top-seeded players, Badosa has a first round bye in Indian Wells. After a first round bye, Badosa will face either Heather Watson or Tereza Martincova. Badosa hasn't been playing well lately but she is certainly motivated to put up a good run in the desert and defend her Indian Wells title.

In Australia, Badosa ended runner-up in Sydney and made the round-of-16 at the Australian Open. Badosa didn't play well last month as she picked up a first round exit in Dubai and made just the round-of-16 in Doha. It remains to be seen if Badosa can defend her Indian Wells title.