No.21 seed Paula Badosa became the first Spanish woman since 2003 to advance to the semifinals of BNP Paribas Open after defeating 2019 finalist Angelique 6-4, 7-5 in the quarterfinals on Thursday night. Badosa will face Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in Friday’s semifinals, with the winner advancing to the biggest final of their careers.
Reported by WTA Staff
After an early exchange of breaks in the opening set, both women moved through their service games with relative ease. But serving at 4-5, 30-30, Kerber misfired on back-to-back points to hand over the set. At 30-30, the German hit her second double-fault of the set to give Badosa her second break point of the set and the Spaniard converted when Kerber sent a regulation backhand long for her 12th unforced error of the set.
Badosa continued the pressure on Kerber’s service games in the second set. Badosa broke twice to build a 5-2 lead, but the three-time major champion dug in her heels to save two match points to hold to 3-5 and then broke Badosa to get back on serve at 4-5.
But Badosa steadied on to seal the set on a break of serve. After a pair of holds, Badosa finally earned her third match point and crouched to the ground in celebration after Kerber sent a forehand long to end the match.