Leylah Fernandez speaks on facing Paula Badosa in Indian Wells



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Leylah Fernandez speaks on facing Paula Badosa in Indian Wells

World No. 21 Leylah Fernandez has nothing but good to say of Spain's Paula Badosa as she is looking forward to their Indian Wells round-of-16 meeting. Fernandez, seeded at No. 18, defeated home favorite Shelby Rogers 6-1 3-6 6-3 to set up a Badosa clash in Indian Wells.

Fernandez made her Indian Wells debut last year and back then she made the round-of-16 before losing to Rogers. On Monday, Fernandez got her revenge over Rogers as she beat the American in the desert. "When we do practice together, we always have fun.

She's a great person. It's great to have a player like her on tour because not only is she nice off court but she's also a great player on court. I can't wait to share the court with her playing a good match," Fernandez said of facing Badosa, per the WTA website.

Badosa defeated Sara Sorribes-Tormo to set up a Fernandez meeting

Badosa defeated fellow Spaniard Sorribes-Tormo 7-6 (4) 6-1. Badosa was three times down by a break in the first set but three times recovered to force a tie-break, which she won.

"I knew I had to go a little bit more for it," Badosa said, when asked about the tiebreak. "Sometimes it's tough because I know Sara lives a lot with errors of the other [player]. I didn't want to make a lot.

I knew it was very tactical. "In that moment when you're a little bit at the limit, I knew I had to go maybe a little bit more for it, especially with my forehand. That's what I did in a few points. I think that's what gave me the first set."

Badosa and Fernandez are set to meet for the second time. Badosa won the lone meeting between the two that happened two years ago in Auckland.