In the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open 2022, Paula Badosa Gibert and Leylah Annie Fernandez will face off. They are slated to play on STADIUM 1 on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m.
Leylah Fernandez, 19, set a career-high WTA world ranking of 19th earlier this month, and she has one more round in Indian Wells to shatter it. In the second round of the Indian Wells 2022, the newcomer breezed over Amanda Anisimova, one of the underdogs, in straight sets. Then, in the third round, an in-form Shelby Rogers awaited the Canadian as an impediment on her way. However, Fernandez upset Shelby Rogers in a three-set showdown. Thus, she earned a place for herself in the 4th round.
Badosa, on the other hand, kicked off her 2022 with a blast. At the start of the season, she won her third career title at the Sydney Tennis Classic. On Monday, the defending Indian Wells champion defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo in straight sets to extend her winning streak in the desert to nine games. Therefore, she was able to enter the 4th round of collision. Last year, the Spaniard won the title in a dramatic match against Victoria Azarenka.
Paula Badosa Gibert and Leylah Fernandez will meet for the second time. Badosa leads the head-to-head 1-0, 1-0 on hard. The Spaniard prevailed 7-5 7-6(3) in the qualifiers in Auckland in 2020, the last time that they played each other.
Paula badosa will enter the contest as the overwhelming favourite.
On the other hand, last season in the US Open, Fernandez defeated a number of strong opponents, including Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, and Aryna Sabalenka. In the process, she showcased her abilities and established herself as one of tennis' most prominent new faces. However, the Canadian has a long way to go to equal Badosa's expertise and experience in the field. Also, regardless of the winner, Paula Badosa's 10-match run in Indian Wells against Leylah Fernandez's current seven-match form is what could be an exciting maiden tour-level matchup.
Our Prediction: Paula Badosa to win in two sets.
Previously, her best result was reaching the 4th round in 2021.
Paula Badosa is this year's defending champion. She won the tournament last year after defeating Victoria Azarenka (7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) ).
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