Badosa, for the semifinals and number two against Pegula

Paula Badosa had to overcome “a hard day”as she herself described it, to beat the very young Linda Fruhvirtova (16 years old) in the second round 6-3 and 6-2 and have the opportunity to fight this Wednesday (7:00 p.m., Teledeporte and DAZN) for a place in the semifinals of the WTA 1,000 in Miami against Jessica Pegula. He is also one win away from ascending to second place in the world ranking. I would relegate Barbora Krejcikova. “When I woke up I wasn’t feeling well, but I was able to finish the match, because I want to be a fighter. I don’t know very well how I won, but I’m very happy”, said the Spanish after beating the pearl of the prolific Czech academy, 279th in the world, who competed with an invitation and had eliminated Kovinic (66th), Mertens (24th) and Azarenka (16th).

Badosa had to ask for a medical time-out in the first half of the match so that they could take his blood pressure and give him a pill. With a bad face, he returned to the track and won by category and experience, with fantastic parallel shots and the determination that has taken him to where he is now, a triumph of being number two in the world. With a day off, Paula measures herself for the first time with Pegula, a 28-year-old American and 21st in the ranking, who passed with much less trouble, because her rival, the Ukrainian Kalinina, retired after losing the first set 6-0.

Daughter of the millionaire owners of the Buffalo Bills (NFL) and the Buffalo Sabers (NHL), the American already owns a skin care products company and has been married since last year. Due to her irregularity, she has only won one trophy (Washington 2019). Badosa is 16-5 this year with a title in Sydney and semifinals in Indian Wells. These are their third quarterfinals so far this year. Only Iga Swiatek, who could be his next opponent if he advances (she plays Kvitova not before 1:00), has played more (five). They are already in the penultimate round of Miami, the Swiss Belinda Bencic and the Japanese Naomi Osaka, who will face each other on Thursday.

Results of the WTA 1,000 in Miami.

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