Last Updated on October 15, 2021
The Spaniard Paula Badosa is having a great season. She has already updated her best record in the rankings, climbing to No. 26 in the WTA rankings in August. Badosa can move up the rankings further as she reached the semifinals of the WTA 1000 for the second time this season.
At the BNP Paribas Open, No. 21 seed Badoza was one of the semifinalists, defeating 2019 finalist Angelique Kerber 6/4, 6/3 in two sets. In the semifinals, she will meet Ons Jabeur from Tunisia. The rivals have already met twice in 2015 in the US Open qualifier Paula Badosa was stronger, but in Miami in 2021 Ons Jabeur only broke the resistance of the Spaniard in three stacks.
Match against her friend
Before the upcoming semifinal against Ons Jabeur, Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa made some humorous comments in an interview with the press service of the tour.
.@Ons_Jabeur earlier: I hope Badosa and Kerber play for 5 hours. @paulabadosa: “I hope tonight she eats a lot of burgers and she cannot play.”
Two good friends set to play for a spot in the biggest final of their careers on Friday.#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/94zn5yqDvL
— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) October 15, 2021
“I hope she eats a lot of burgers today and can’t play. We just talked to her. Playing with her is going to be fun. We’re very good friends. I’m going to have to play with my friend again. It’s not going to be easy. I’ve always said she’s one of the most talented tennis players in the world.
Ones is having an amazing year. It’s nice to see players who weren’t in the top 100 a few years ago break into the top 10 and fight their way to the finals. It’s amazing. I’m incredibly happy for her,” Badosa said.
Badosa played her 12th match against the top-20 this season and won her ninth. She had not beaten an opponent of this level before 2021. The Spaniard won her 38th match this year.
She’ll make her debut in the top-20 rankings if she beats Ones Jaber and reaches the finals or if the title is not won by Victoria Azarenka or Aliona Ostapenko.
The second semifinal will be played by Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Jessica Pegula, and Jelena Ostapenko, who defeated Shelby Rogers of the United States