Surprises at Indian Wells: Norrie and Badosa crown themselves king and queen

The British Cameron Norrie won the Indian Wells tournament tonight. He became the first winner since 2010 not to be in the top 25. The women’s tournament also had a surprise. Earlier in the day, Spain’s Paula Badosa became only the third woman to win Indian Wells on her debut.

Norrie, 26th in the ranking, beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in three sets: 3-6, 6-4 and 6-1. He lost the first set and so it seemed to be a difficult task for Norrie.

But the Briton recovered and won the second and third set quite easily from Basilashvili, who made too many unnecessary mistakes. He achieved his biggest win of his career with the victory over Indian Wells, also known as the fifth grand slam tournament.

“What can I say. I’m obviously very happy. This is my biggest title so I don’t quite realize it yet,” said Norrie, who played his sixth final of the year.

Norrie followed in the footsteps of Ivan Ljubicic (2010), Alex Corrretja (2000) and Jim Courier (1991). They also won the tournament as a player from outside the top 25.

Badosa wins on debut

The women’s final also produced a new winner. Paula Badosa won her final after a battle with the experienced Victoria Azarenka: 7-6, 2-6 and 7-6.

Badosa only played her second WTA final, having won the tournament in Belgrade earlier this year. Badosa struck at the decisive moments against Azarenka, who won Indian Wells in 2012 and 2016.