Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa qualified for the knockout stages of Indian Wells after beating American Cori Gauff by a double 6-2 in 55 minutes. Although it is played in the Californian desert, Indian Wells faced a day of setbacks since the rain forced some games to be delayed and others like Badosa's to be suspended. Despite this, the Spanish, who occupies position 27 in the WTA ranking, clearly and firmly imposed on the young American Cori Gauff, number 19 in the world.
Badosa, the only Spanish representative who continues in the women's team, The Czech Barbora Krejcikova, third seeded and number five in the world ranking will be measured in the next round. “The conditions were tough, it was a difficult day. There was a lot of wind. I knew it had to be very solid and that's what I did,” Badosa said at the press conference after his victory.
The tennis player said that this season she has taken “a step forward” mentally and also pointed out that physically she looks faster and with more confidence. “I am believing in myself and it seems to me that this is a big change“He added. Badosa, the 21st seed, had beaten Ukraine's Dayana Yastremska in the previous round.
Baustista says goodbye to Norrie
Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista said goodbye in the third round of Indian Wells after losing to Briton Cameron Norrie. Bautista, 15th seed, lost to Norrie, the 21st favorite of the tournament, by 4-6, 7-5 and 3-6 in a disputed match of 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Spanish game ended after 11 at night and was the last to finish in a day in Indian Wells marked by rain, which forced some games to be delayed and suspended. Bautista suffered throughout the duel from the service of the British, who connected 12 direct aces.
The Spanish delegation in the Californian desert has two tricks left in the men's team: Pablo Carreño and Albert Ramos, who will play this Tuesday for the pass to the round of 16 against Karen Khachanov and Nikoloz Basilashvili, respectively.
Beatriz Haddad Maia gives the surprise
Of the rest of the day they stood out the victories of the Brazilian tennis player Beatriz Haddad Maia and the Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who got their ticket to the round of 16 at Indian Wells after eliminating Czech Karolina Pliskova and Briton Daniel Evans, respectively.
Beatriz Haddad Maia, world number 115, starred in the big surprise in the Californian tournament by eliminating Pliskova, who occupies the third position in the ranking of the WTA and who was the first seed of Indian Wells. Haddad Maia took the victory against Pliskova 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 4 minutes. The Brazilian will face Estonian Anett Kontaveit, number 20 in the WTA standings, in the round of 16.
For his part, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman also qualified for the next round after coming back from his match against Evans 5-7, 6-4 and 6-0 in two hours and 19 minutes.. Schwartzman, the eleventh seed, will face off at the next crossroads with Norwegian Casper Ruud, sixth seed of the tournament.