Paula Badosa qualified this Tuesday for the quarter finals from Indian wells after defeating the czech Barbora Krejcikova by 6-1 and 7-5 in an hour and 25 minutes. Badosa, world number 27, defeated the third-seeded Indian Wells and ranking number 5 of the WTA in a match in which she was very solid and effective from start to finish. The Spanish will be measured in the next round at winner of the confrontation between the German Angelique Kerber and the australian Ajla Tomljanovic.
“Am super proud of what I have done today, “said Badosa at the end of the game. Badosa said he knew that to win”I had to play perfect“and highlighted that Krejcikova is” very talented “and one of his” favorite players “.
After beating the Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska already the young american Cori Gauff, Badosa had a rival of a lot of level in the round of 16 with the tennis player who this year won the title of Roland Garros in singles and in double (with Katerina Siniaková) But the Spanish, who already defeated Krejcikova this year at the Mutua Madrid Open, did not shake her pulse.
Aggressive from the start, Badosa achieved break service to Krejcikova in the first game of the match thanks to a splendid parallel backhand. The Czech had two “break” balls to balance the game with 2-1 against, but Badosa, with poise and cold blood, solved the mess in which he had gotten into with two great serves and put the 3-1 on the scoreboard.
Dominating from the bottom of the track and with the feeling of be very comfortable, Badosa got a second service break that left him all in the face in the first set (4-1). He closed it for the Fast Track: a new “break”, with a fantastic backhand winning rest, gave him the first set 6-1 in just 29 minutes.
Krejcikova’s doubts and problems
The Doubts and the mistakes had marked the start of the Krejcikova match, which also asked for medical assistance for problems in the left hand before starting the second set. Badosa did not take his foot off the gas and it was 2-0 when breaking, once again, the service of the czech. But at that time Krejcikova woke up, whowho achieved two consecutive “break” for flip the marker (2-3) and change the tone of the match by pulling the punch.
Did not lose faith Badosa Despite the fact that his serve, very firm and precise in the first set, seemed to waver at times. Badosa broke his opponent’s service again, any doubt was shaken that could go through his head, and with two direct aces placed the 4-3 on the markingr after a blank game.
Krejcikova could not show his best level and began to exhibit some signs of despair, so much so that he threw the racket to the ground after a lost point. Badosa had a great opportunity to finish the meeting with a match ball from the rest, but the Czech survived and tied the match (5-5).
But with 6-5 in his favor and three match balls to the rest, Badosa had no mercy and the match with the first of them was scored with a wonderful parallel right hand that led her to sing victory with her arms raised and a big smile.