Paula Badado completed the most important gesture of her career in Indian Wells, she had not been able to have been any Spanish tennis player so far. Conchita Martínez was close on two occasions-the latter in 1996- but it was not possible. Badoa, which last year was the 90 of the world, managed to write down the WTA 1000 Californian in an epic three-hour battle in front of one of the great rackets of the circuit, Victoria Azarenka. The milestone is already in the history books of Spanish tennis.
The 23-year-old Spanish was brave at the decisive moments and better than his rival in the final stretch. She saved a handful of determining balls and she did not let yourself be taught for the determination of the Belarusian or by the greatness of the moment. She even when she seemed out of the game, neither in the final Set Tiebreak (7-2), three hours after starting to release rackets. "This is a dream come true," said the champion after lifting the trophy, tildening her rival of her and sample her. "I would not be here without women like you."
Azarenka, winner of this tournament in 2012 and 2016, was determined to impose his gallons from the beginning, taking advantage of the nerves of the Spanish in his first end of a WTA 1,000. She forced the first break points over the first game at the bado service, which resisted as the 32-year-old veteran attacks. She until 16 times she had to take out the game.
Even so, the Spanish never stopped believing in sleep. She climbed a steps the tennis of her and on the basis of right-handed and the forcefulness of her reverse was giving with the formula. She broke into the seventh game (4-3) and again in the eleventh (6-5), squeezing his teeth to get along a half match. She had it in her hand but she hesitated with a point in the network that was already yours with 30 equal, a moment of weakness that the winner of three Grand Slams took advantage of lengthening the drama to sudden death.
The outcome was up to. It was a Russian mountain. Badoa let out a 4-0 and give wings to the warrior spirit of Azarenka, which with 5-5 believed at the comeback. But he again pulled mental strength and found the prize on his first set ball.
The effort spent the invoice when starting the second sleeve. The Belarus was enraged and endorsed a 3-0 at his rival in less than ten minutes. I had left. The New York of Catalan Parents managed to return a break but it was a mirage. The second set was as ephemeral as foreseeable almost from the beginning, 32 minutes from the 78 of the first.
Badoa achieved recovering and getting into the game again. The break in the second game seemed decisive before Azarenka decided to announce that he still had energy in the tank, enough to turn the decisive sleeve into another epic sketch. The Spanish hesitated and seemed defeated with 5-4, but he managed to get out of the hole, break one more time, reach the Tiebreak and touch the Californian desert sky.Updated Date: 17 October 2021, 20:24