“Hope She Eats a Lot of Burgers”: Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur Pull Each Other’s Leg Before Indian Wells Battle

Published 10/15/2021, 8:56 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur reacts during her third round match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Ons Jabeur is on a roll at Indian Wells. The Tunisian has successfully progressed into the semi-finals of the competition. The 12th seed is having a historic 2021 season; she became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title this year, and is now set to become the first Arab player in the top 10 of the ATP or WTA rankings.

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On the other hand, Jabeur’s close friend Paula Badosa is also making a statement at Indian Wells. Badosa has already beaten big names like Coco Gauff and Barbora Krejcikova on her way to the semi-finals. Notably, Badosa thrashed the former World No. 1, Angelique Kerber, in straight sets in the quarter-final. The two friends will face off against each other for a place in the final. 

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Ons Jabeur and Paula Badosa share friendly banter

Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur share a very close friendship. The pair have often been seen together, cherishing each other’s company. Just recently, before their semi-finals at Indian Wells, the duo shared a laugh at each other’s expense. Right before Badosa’s match against Kerber, Jabeur said, “I hope Badosa and Kerber play for 5 hours.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 8, 2021 Spain’s Paula Badosa in action during her quarter final match against Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

To this, Badosa replied, “I hope tonight she eats a lot of burgers and she cannot play,” after their semi-final clash was confirmed. Furthermore, Jabeur commented, “Did you receive the burger I sent you?” Even though both players will show up as their competitive selves in the semi-final, they’re enjoying the buildup to the fullest.

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Good friends to clash at semi-finals of India Wells

If we look up at the duo’s head-to-head statistics, both players have a win each in their account. Their most recent meeting was in Miami, in 2021, where Ons triumphed after a thrilling three-set encounter with the score, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5.

Aug 12, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Ons Jabeur of Tunisia hits a shot against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) during third round play at Stade IGA. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Both Jabeur and Badosa have achieved immensely this season, and are eyeing their second-ever WTA title. This will surely be a fascinating contest between two good friends.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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