Indian Wells: Paula Badosa beats Victoria Azarenka in entertaining closing

Badosa’s solely earlier WTA title got here in Could on the Belgrade Open

Spain’s Paula Badosa beat Victoria Azarenka in a prolonged and entertaining closing to win the distinguished Indian Wells title on her match debut.

Azarenka produced a formidable second set however Badosa finally got here out on prime to win 7-6 (7-5) 2-6 7-6 (7-2) in three hours and 4 minutes.

It’s the 23-year-old’s second WTA tour title after Could’s Belgrade victory.

Belarusian Azarenka, 32, served for the match at 5-4 within the deciding set earlier than Badosa wrestled again management.

The previous world primary was aiming to change into the primary lady to win the match thrice.

However world quantity 27 Badosa proved too robust as she added to her shock semi-final victory towards Ons Jabeur.

It was a closely-fought match from the outset as Azarenka repeatedly discovered a method to return what ought to have been winners.

Badosa finally closed out the primary set with a cross-court backhand however world quantity 32 Azarenka – who gained Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016 – raised her degree to dominate the second set.

It seemed as if Badosa had quelled Azarenka’s assault as she went 2-0 up within the decider however two double faults in a recreation allowed Azarenka to get issues again on serve.

Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka was poised to grab victory when she broke to go 5-4 up, earlier than Badosa broke again and bulldozed her means by way of the ultimate tie-breaker.

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