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Indian Wells | Paula Badosa and Cameron Nori win the tournament

Indian Wells |  Paula Badosa and Cameron Nori win the tournament

(Indian Wells) Cameron Norie of Britain defeated Georgian Nicolas Basilashvili 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the men’s singles final of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament on Sunday night.




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As a result, Nori became the first player after 2010 to be ranked outside the top 25 who won the tournament.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer withdrew from the tournament, which was postponed for two and a half years due to Kovid-19.

In the two-week event, favorite Daniel Medvedev was knocked out in the 16th round. Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and third seed Alexander Zverev lost in the quarterfinals.

“Losing all the top players is a miracle,” said Nori, who took home $ 1.2 million. When I saw the four semi-finalists, I thought there was a great chance. “

Nori (26E) Scored only two breaches in the third inning. His success was confirmed when Basilashvili sent a backhand over the baseline.

Basilashvili (36E) Became the first player from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia to reach the ATP Masters 1000 Tournament Final.

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Nicholas Basilashvili

Indian Wells in 1987.

Larry Stefan is ranked 143rdE When he won the competition in La Quinta in 1985.

Norie blocked the base‌shvili force from the baseline by exploiting the angles. After a mistake by Basilashvili on the forehand, he broke the Georgian service without giving up a single point to complete the second set.

“Hard to deal with. He’s not giving you any rhythm. Observed Nori. I was able to push him around, grab him, and bother him in the third set.”

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With a 2-0 lead in the decisive set, Nori saved three break points in the third game before bringing the score to 3-0.

Basilashvili responded immediately by following Bunt from Britain, winning his only game in the third set with the winning forehand in the cross.

Nori has won the last three games, however, finishing the game in just two hours.

Basilashvili said he had “health problems” in the third set.

“I can’t say what it is, but it didn’t feel good to me,” he said. I have nothing left in the tank. “

Badosa champion when she first participated

Spanish Paula Badosa defeated Belarusian Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-6 (2) on Sunday afternoon, her first appearance, winning the highest honors in the women’s singles at the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament.

Badosa repeated the success of Canadian Bianca Andres in 2019 and American Serena Williams in 1999 in their first appearance as tournament champions.

For Badosa, it was the second title of his career after his victory in Belgrade earlier this year.

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Paula Badosa

Badosa and Azarenka struggled for more than three hours, with trading breaks in back-to-back games on five occasions.

“We both went for it and pushed each other to the limit,” Azarenka said.

In the third set, Azarenka broke free to give himself a 5-4 lead, to which Badosa immediately brought the duel back into service as the opponent provided a change.

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Victoria Azarenka

Badosa missed a counterattack that allowed Azarenka to defend his serve and force a tiebreaker.

Azarenka, who gave Bazar their first match point, sent a forehand into the net to give the Spaniard a 6-2 lead at the break.

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Before going to the Badosala baseline, the duel with the winning forehand was over. She slammed into his stomach, crying and trembling before waking up. Azarenka surrounded the net and hugged her 23-year-old rival.

“I saw you when I was 14, 15,” Badosa told Azarenka after lifting the Crystal Trophy. “I said to my instructor, ‘I hope one day I can play like her.’ ”

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Paula Badosa after her victory

Azarenka, the former world number one and winner of two Grand Slams, has been chasing a second title since 2016. Her last victory was at the Cincinnati Tournament 2020.

The 32-year-old Belarusian also hopes to become the first woman to win the tournament on three occasions, following her victories in 2012 and 2016.

Azarenka was interrupted by season injuries and was quickly eliminated from the Grand Slam tournaments. His best result was qualifying for the fourth round of the French Open.

“This year has been a bit difficult, but ending on a good note, with not only the result I wanted, but the improvement I was looking for, it was positive,” the Belarusian said.

Azarenka found her four-year-old son Leo watching the game on TV.

“I’m not bringing home the biggest trophy, but it’s still a trophy and I’m sure he’s happy to play with it.”

In the tiebreaker in the first set, Badosa took a 4-0 and 5-3 lead. Azarenka went 5-5 after sending his opponent Forehand into the net.

Later, Azarenka lost the backhand, giving Badosa a set point. The latter did not miss her chance and won in this first round with a winning blow from the backhand.

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“It’s like a roller coaster ride, mentally, emotionally,” Badosa explained.

To reach the final, Badosa defeated fifth seed Barbora Krezzkova of Angelique Kerber (15) in the fourth round.E) Quarterfinals and Ann Jaber (14EIn the semi-finals. She won all three games in two sets.

“The first thing I learned this week was that nothing is impossible.”

With this victory, Badosa pocketed a total of 1.2 million. This scholarship is more than what she earned for the whole year, just 1 million.

Badosa appeared at 27 for the tournamentE World Ranking Rank. A year ago, she turned 87E Echelon. On Monday, it should rise to 13E Space.

“I never thought it would happen so quickly.”

Also, the Badosa season may not be over. With her victory, she overtook Jaber in eighth and final to advance to the WTA Finals, which will take place next month in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Indian Wells Tournament is back in the Southern California desert after two and a half years due to coronavirus.

Usually held in March, 2020, it was one of the first major sporting events to be canceled when the coronavirus entered the United States. In 2022, the tournament will be played again in March.