A week to be framed for Paula Badosa, who on Indian Wells hard-courts - where she had never taken part in the main draw - lshe ost only two sets going to lift her first WTA 1000 trophy of her career, defeating the ben more experienced Victoria Azarenka with the score of 7-6 2-6 76.
Badosa thus became the first Spanish tennis player to win the prestigious Californian event, in which Conchita Martinez had reached the final on two occasions at most. Writing after her victory, Paula said on Twitter: "The journey has been difficult, but with her hard work, enthusiasm and willingness, the reward has come.
Never let anyone tell you that you can't achieve something. If so, prove otherwise. Today I realized one of my dreams, to play the final of one of the best tournaments in the world…"
Badosa's exciting social message after Indian Wells
Thanks to this success, Paula has climbed the beauty of sixteen positions and is today on the 13th step of the WTA ranking: the only other Spanish player to precede her in the standings is Garbine Muguruza, still in 5th place.
As for the important WTA Race, Badosa is now in 8th position. Surprisingly, the rise of the New York-born tennis player, who barely found herself in the WTA top 70 twelve months ago. As for Vika Azarenka, beaten in the final, the Belarusian - former world number one - climbed to the 26th step of the ranking today.
Currently four players have already qualified for the Finals that will be played in Mexico: Ashleigh Barty, Aryna Sabalenka, Barbora Krejcikova and Karolina Pliskova. The young Iga Swiatek, who won this year in Adelaide and at the Rome Internationals, is also one step away from the goal.
The talented Emma Raducanu, queen of the last Us Open, was immediately stopped in Indian Wells by Aljaksandra Sasnovich in two sets. British Cameron Norrie won the men's edition of the BNP Paribas Open.
El camino ha sido difícil, pero con trabajo duro, ilusión y fe llegó su recompensa.
Nunca dejéis que nadie os diga que no podéis lograr algo. Y si es así, demostradle lo contrario. Hoy he cumplido uno de mis sueños, jugar la final de uno de los mejores torneos del mundo… pic.twitter.com/ei5pBmASHL — Paula Badosa (@paulabadosa) October 18, 2021