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Paula Badosa of Spain BNP Paribas Open Champion!

Paula Badosa of Spain BNP Paribas Open Champion!

Paula Badosa of Spain is your 2021 BNP Paribas Open Champion! This epic final is being referred to as, “the match of the year”.

Badosa Bests Azarenka in Epic Final to Win 2021 Women’s Title.

Badosa Bests Azarenka in Epic Final to Win 2021 Women’s Title Photo by Daniel Burr/ Coachellavalley.com

FROM THE BNP TOURNAMENT:

In a record-breaking three hours and four minutes of unbelievable tennis, Spain’s Paula Badosa is the 2021 women’s singles champion, defeating Victoria Azarenka 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) in the match of the tournament – and possibly the match of the year.

Badosa Bests Azarenka in Epic Final to Win 2021 Women’s Title Photo by Daniel Burr/ Coachellavalley.com

It was a first set that couldn’t be described as anything other than epic, with both players trading blows from the back of the court and refusing to give an inch. The first three games alone took 20 minutes to get through, as eager late-arriving fans waited in the wings to take their seats for the women’s singles showpiece at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Badosa Bests Azarenka in Epic Final to Win 2021 Women’s Title Photo by Daniel Burr/ Coachellavalley.com

The brilliant week of tennis ended up with the fairytale ending for Paula Badosa. The Spanish player completed a majestic late comeback in the 3rd set to win her maiden WTA 1000 Masters title. 

Indian Wells 2021 prize money: How much do the champions get? 

Often regarded by tennis fans as the fifth Grand Slam, the BNP Paribas Open certainly has the prize money to match with the total prize money pool for 2021 at $16,718,910, which is identical to 2019’s offering

The tournament also offers the same prize money for men and women across singles and doubles competitions and has done since 2012, which means each tour plays for a share of $8,359,455.

According to the tournament the Indian Wells 2021 singles champions received $1,209,730, which is down 10.66% compared to the amounts Dominic Thiem and Bianca Andreescu each received in 2019.

Meanwhile, runners up receive just over half that amount with $640,000, which, although down -6.71% from two years ago.

However, the tournament will grow the money for qualifiers and first-round losers. While first-round losers will receive $18,155, a 10.53% rise vs 2019; losers in qualifying will get $4,785, which is up 40.94%.

Attendance for the Fall 2021 edition was about one-half of the record 475,372 that entered the 2019 tournament officials said.

The 2022 BNP event will take place in March In the Coachella Valley, just 5 months away.

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