Paula Badosa speaks extremely highly of Leylah Fernandez ahead of Indian Wells match



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Paula Badosa speaks extremely highly of Leylah Fernandez ahead of Indian Wells match

No. 5 seed Paula Badosa struggled a bit against world No. 36 Sara Sorribes Tormo but still managed to escape with a straight-set victory. Badosa, ranked at No. 7 in the world, handed Sorribes Tormo a 7-6 (4) 6-1 loss to progress into the Indian Wells Masters round-of-16.

Sorribes Tormo certainly had her chances as she was three times up by a break in the first set but Badosa three times recovered to force a tie-break, which she won pretty easily to steal the first set. After winning a tight first set, Badosa broke Sorribes Tormo three times in the second set to book a straight-set win.

"I think today she played very, very good in the first set. She was a very tough opponent. I was expecting that. She's a fighter. Last year was amazing for her. The bad part is that we know each other very well. Before I was hitting she already was in the spot.

That was the negative part. But still I'm happy about her level. I think she's improving a lot," Badosa said, per the WTA website. "Really happy that I stayed there because it was very tough for me. Every point was very long.

I knew I had to keep fighting and I will have my opportunity. I got that opportunity in the tiebreak."

Badosa plays Leylah Fernandez next

Badosa will have to be at her absolute best in the round-of-16 as her next opponent is set to be 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez.

Fernandez defeated Shelby Rogers in three sets to advance to the last-16 in Indian Wells. Badosa and Fernandez have played once against each other as the Spaniard beat the Canadian in Auckland in 2020. "Leylah, I mean, she's coming from winning a tournament.

She's with lots of confidence. She's an amazing player," Badosa said. "I was going to say she's the future because she is very young, but I think she is in the present already. I expect a very tough match."