Indian Wells, CA (AP) — Paula Badosa defeated Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) on Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open, which debuted in the Southern California desert. .. The tournament is back after two and a half years absent due to the coronavirus.
She joined Bianca Andreesque in 2019 and Serena Williams in 1999, winning her first appearance. Winning Belgrade earlier this year was the second title in Badosa’s career.
Cameron Norrie faced Nikoloz Basilashvili in a later men’s final.
Badosa and Azarenka struggled for more than three hours, with five consecutive interruptions in service. Last time, Azarenka took the lead of 5-4 in 3rd place, and Badosa broke with 5 all-ties.
Badosa missed his backhand, so Azarenka was able to hold with a 6-all.
Badosa dominated the tiebreaker, leading 6-2. Azarenka threw a forehand into the net, giving Badosa match points.
Badosa collapsed at baseline after breaking the forehand winner. Before she gets up, she lays face down, crying and shivering. Azarenka went around the net and hugged a 23-year-old Spaniard.
Two-time major champion and former top-ranked Azarenka was aiming for his second title since 2016. A 32-year-old woman from Belarus missed her bid to become the first woman to win three Indian Wells. Won the title in 2012 and 2016.
In the first set of tiebreakers, Badosa had a 4-0 and 5-3 lead. Azarenka tied it five-all in Badosa’s net forehand. Azarenka missed the backhand to give Badosa set points, and the Spaniards cashed in with the backhand winner to take the set.
Badosa earned $ 1.2 million. That’s more than last year’s $ 1 million prize pool.
She participated in a tournament ranked 27th in the world. A year ago she was 87 years old. Badosa is expected to rise to 13th place in his career in the WTA Tour Rankings on Monday.
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