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Spain’s Paula Badosa clinches Indian Wells final

Paula Badosa beat Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-2 (2) to clinch the Indian Wells Masters final Sunday.

She became the first Spanish woman to claim what is known as the ‘fifth Grand Slam’ and rose 14 places in the WTA rankings, where she now sits in 13th.

It was a tightly-fought battle that saw Badosa snatch the first and final sets in a tie-break. The Belarusian, two-time Indian Wells champion, managed to pull back in the second set.

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