Barbora Krejcikova: Paula Badosa is one of my favorite players

World No. 5 Barbora Krejcikova acknowledged the condtions were tough during her Indian Wells Masters third round clash but she was happy that she managed to get through. 

Krejcikova, seeded at No. 3, saw off rising American star Amanda Anisimova 6-2 6-3 to reach the Indian Wells round-of-16. 

Krejcikova started the match with back-to-back breaks, before serving out for the opener in the eighth game. 

Krejcikova also started the second set with a 4-0 lead and served out for the match in the 10th game. 

“It was really tough because it was really windy and we had to wait for a long time. It was cold outside too,” Krejcikova said, per the WTA website. “I was just trying to play my game and look to not make too many unforced errors.”

Krejcikova plays next Paula Badosa

“Paula I would say is one of my favorite players,” Krejcikova said of Badosa. “I like her, so it’s going to be a nice match. I’m looking forward to play her again.”

Badosa destroyed rising American star Cori Gauff 6-2 6-2 to set up a Krejcikova clash. 

“I know she’s an amazing player,” Badosa said. “She’s going to be even better. But I played her doubles, so more or less I know what I could find today. I know she has an amazing serve. I knew I had to be pretty solid on mine as well. An amazing backhand. She’s very athletic as well. So I was expecting a tough match.”

After her win, Badosa also acknowledged the conditions were tough. 

“I know the conditions today were tough,” Badosa said. “Sometimes when you don’t feel you have good feelings from the beginning, sometimes it’s tough. I think that’s what happened to her. I played quite well. I stayed very focused and solid, and I think that was the key of the match.”