Badosa beats Angie in the Indian Wells semifinal
October 15, 2021
21-seeded Paula Badosa became the first Spanish woman since 2003 to access the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open after defeating 2019 finalist Angelique 6-4, 7-5 in the quarter-finals on Thursday night. Badosa will face Tunisian Ons Jabeur in Friday’s semifinals, with the winner going to the most important final of his career.
Reported by WTA Staff
After a first exchange of breaks in the opening set, both women played their service matches with relative ease. But serving at 4-5, 30-30, Kerber misses consecutive points to deliver the set. At 30-30, the German scored her second double foul of the set to give Badosa the second break point of the set and the Spaniard transformed when Kerber sent a long regulation backhand for her 12th unforced mistake of the set.
Badosa continued the pressure on Kerber’s serve games in the second set. Badosa broke twice to build a 5-2 lead, but the three-time senior champion dug into her heels to save two match points to keep the 3-5 and then broke Badosa to return to serve at 4-5.
But Badosa held out to close the set on a break in service. After a couple of holds, Badosa finally earned her third match point and crouched on the ground to celebrate after Kerber sent a long straight to finish the match.
While both women finished the match with 20 winners each, it was Badosa who played a cleaner match, making 22 unforced errors compared to Kerber’s 29. The Spaniard was able to break Kerber 5 times with the help of Kerber’s low percentage of just 56.7%.