Paula Badosa reveals keys to win over Leylah Fernandez in Indian Wells

Badosa overcame Fernandez in the Indian Wells round-of-16.

by Dzevad Mesic
Paula Badosa reveals keys to win over Leylah Fernandez in Indian Wells

No. 5 seed Paula Badosa came out with an aggressive mindset against world No. 21 Leylah Fernandez and it paid off as she defeated the Canadian in the Indian Wells round-of-16. Badosa, ranked at No. 7 in the world, cruised past No.

18 seed Fernandez 6-4 6-4 to reach the Indian Wells quarterfinal. Badosa blew the break she earned in the seventh game but broke Fernandez again in the ninth game for a 5-4 lead and then served out for the first set in the following game.

After winning the first set, Badosa earned the first break of the second set in the fifth game and then held on to her serve the rest of the way to clinch a straight-set win. "I knew that [being aggressive and serving well would] be the key.

I knew she was going to make me move and not make me hit, like stop, because I was going to be aggressive and not letting her be moving me a lot," Badosa said, per the WTA Tour website. "The key was a little bit the serve and to push her when she was serving.

In the important moments, in the key moments, I served well and went for it very good."

Badosa now has two wins over Fernandez

Badosa and Fernandez are now one of the best players on the WTA Tour but just two years ago they clashed each other in a qualifying event in Auckland.

Back then, Badosa claimed a tight 7-5 7-6 (3) win over Fernandez. "What most impact me in that moment is next day after she lost against me, the next day 7 a.m. she was practicing," Badosa, recalled. "I was like, Wow. Very, very intense player.

Very hard worker. I thought she's going to be a very, very good player. As you can see, she's already top 20 at 19 years old. That's amazing." Badosa and Fernandez are both top-20 players and will certainly meet many more times on the big stage.

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