Badosa goes deep

The physicist returned to this Friday in Cincinnati to Paula Badosa. The Spaniard, who lives the best season of her career, brilliant but at the same time very demanding, went down in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open and had to retire due to injury when he lost 7-5 and 2-0 after a sweeping start in which they dominated 4-0 and even had four chances to go 5-0 before Karolina Pliskova.

But the right arm, which was already dragging an overload from Montreal (it was covered with tapes), failed the Spanish, who lost strength and, therefore, depth in his strokes as the minutes go by. From that 4-0 with a spectacular game by Badosa, it went to a 5-4 favorable to the Czech, who without great fanfare won 7-5 in the first quarter, after Paula was treated by the organization’s physiotherapist. The New York-born tennis player tried to continue, but after conceding a fourth break, this time blank, said enough.

A wise decision a few days after the start of the US Open, in which he will be seeded, especially if one takes into account the great moment of the game he is going through. She leaves Ohio after having saved five match points against Martic and after having beaten one of the best in the world, number three Sabalenka, and 19th, Rybakina. With a lot of wear, by the way, because in each of those games he played at least one tiebreaker. He also leaves with the best position of his career in the ranking, 26th.

Barty, before Kerber for another final

Ashleigh Barty, 2019 Roland Garros champion, beat this year’s Parisian Grand Slam winner, Barbora Krejcikova, whom she beat 6-2, 6-4 in 71 minutes. The Australian, who came from dethroning the winner last year in Cincinnati, Victoria Azarenka, beat the Czech, a tennis player with a similar cut, who like Ash started as a doubles specialist and is now top-10. Barty, who draws 38 victories with Krejcikova at the top of the WTA table, will face Angelique Kerber on Saturday (17:00, Teledeporte) who went through the withdrawal of an injured Petra Kvitova when she won it 6-4 and 3- 3. The Czech had not lost a set this year in Cincinnati, although she had lost to Kerber last June in Bad Homburg, where the winner of three Grand Slams lifted the trophy.

Results, table and schedules.

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