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Indian Wells 2021: Brilliant Badosa beats Azarenka in memorable three-hour title bout

Posted On: 4 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: The Sport Review

After two and a half years away, the players were finally back at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, albeit without some of its favourite daughters.
World No1 Ash Barty, No8 Sofia Kenin, No10 Belinda Bencic and both Williams sisters were all absent.
The woman destined to be the top seed, No2 Aryna Sabalenka, fell victim to the virus that had closed down this most prestigious tournament since 2019, Covid 19.
And perhaps the highest profile player in women's tennis this year, four-time Major champion and former Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, withdrew to focus on her personal well-being.
Step up, then, a clutch of other recent Major champions who looked as though they would be vying for this season-ending 1,000 boost to their WTA Finals campaign. For there is just one WTA500 left, and time for one additional WTA250 after Indian Wells to add the points for qualification among the top eight.
Would it be the newest Major champion, Emma Raducanu, playing for the first time since her remarkable US Open run? She...

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