Paula Badosa, Victoria Azarenka in Surprise Indian Wells Final

Many tennis stars have shut down their seasons or pleaded fatigue after a long year, but Azarenka and Badosa have thrived in the California desert.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Victoria Azarenka’s and Paula Badosa’s tennis seasons did not begin on a high note.

Both had to go through hard quarantine in their hotel rooms in Melbourne, Australia: 14 days for Azarenka and 21 for Badosa, who also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Shortly after their release in February, both lost in the opening round of the Australian Open, and they still wince at the memory of their trip down under.

“It was damaging mentally, the end of it,” Azarenka said on Friday of

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