World No. 27 Paula Badosa credited staying focused during the whole match as the key in her win over No. 15 seed Cori Gauff in the Indian Wells Masters third round.
Badosa, seeded at No. 21, crushed Gauff 6-2 6-2 to progress into the Indian Wells round-of-16.
“The conditions were tough today. It was a tough day. A lot of wind. So, I knew I had to stay very solid, and that’s what I did,” Badosa said after her win, per Tennis Up To Date.
“Sometimes when you don’t have a good feeling from the beginning, it’s tough. I think that’s what happened to her, and I played quite well and I stayed very focused and solid, and I think that was the key to the match.”
Badosa enjoys playing in the United States
Badosa, who is having her main draw debut in Indian Wells, plays next against French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
“I love to play in the United States. As you know, I’m half American, so I feel like home here,” Badosa said.
Before the tournament started, Gauff spoke about how inspired she was by Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez.
“For me it was great to see two competitors who just love the game,” Gauff said. “They were both not so much in the media big before they started the tournament. Obviousy Leylah had more success on the pro tour just because she played more matches than Emma. But it was great to see how you wouldn’t even see that when watching the matches. You would think that they’d been on the stage for 20 years or 30 years or however long their opponents are playing these tournaments for.
“For me it was great to see that and also it gave me a little bit of fire to believe if they can do it then I can do it too.”