World No. 7 Paula Badosa claimed a straight-set win over Leylah Fernandez but after the match spoke extremely highly about the game of the Canadian. Badosa, 24, and 19-year-old Fernandez met for the first time in a WTA main draw match as the Spaniard claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over the Canadian.
Badosa and Fernandez also met once in 2020 but back then it was a qualifying match in Auckland. Back then, Badosa also earned a straight-set win over Fernandez. "I think she's very smart. Very intense. Very good timing.
I think she has an amazing timing, how she takes the ball very soon. She opens angles. So she does a little bit of everything. She's lefty, so sometimes that's uncomfortable for us," Badosa said of Fernandez, per Mario Boccardi.
"Yes, she has a very good game. The thing I like most about Leylah, she has the same attitude no matter what. That's very important if you want to be a very good player."
Badosa happy and enjoying success on the Tour
Badosa found herself in a dark spot a couple of years ago but luckily that's the thing of the past.
"It took me years. I was suffering. I was suffering a lot. I wasn't lucky maybe with people I had by my side in that moment, as well. It was a lot of things were not going well in that moment. I don't know," Badosa said.
"I tried to think positive and I want to think that maybe that helped me to be the person that I am now. I don't know if it's true or not, but I want to think like that. I think that maybe made me stronger. I want to think like that.
Let's not think negative." Badosa is aiming to defend her Indian Wells title. Badosa will be fighting Veronika Kudermetova for a place in the Indian Wells semifinal.