Paula Badosa: I’m confident, leveling up and that’s why I’m in Indian Wells final

World No. 27 Paula Badosa admitted that she is “very confident” these days as she saw off 14th-ranked Ons Jabeur to progress into the Indian Wells Masters final. 

Badosa, seeded at No. 21, beat 12th-seeded Jabeur 6-3 6-3 in the Indian Wells semifinal. 

Badosa claimed a three-set win in her Indian Wells opener and since then she has collected four consecutive straight-set wins. 

Jabeur is having a huge season and she entered the match as the slight favorite but Badosa delivered a perfect performance to end on the winning side. 

“Mentally I think I’m very confident,” Badosa said, per the WTA website. “I’m believing every point. Every day I’m working very hard as well. I think I’m progressing on a little bit of everything and that’s what is making my level going up. That’s why I’m in a final and playing against the best of the world.”

Badosa wanted to play well on hard 

Badosa enjoyed a great clay season as she won it all in Belgrade, made the semifinals at the Madrid Masters and Charleston, as well as made the French Open quarterfinal. 

In August, Badosa proved to herself that she’s also capable of playing well on hard as she made the Cincinnati Masters quarterfinal. 

“After I played clay – I did a very good clay season – I wanted to improve on a lot of things on hard court,” Badosa said. “I worked a lot. Then I had the grass court season. Then I was playing again on hard court. I did pretty good. Not amazing, but I did good in Olympics, Cincinnati, all that. I still wanted to improve a few things.

“I think I’m doing it very well this week. I’m pretty happy that I improved really fast. I’m quite proud of myself on that.”

Badosa will be playing former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the Indian Wells final.