Paula Badosa shows in each game that she has the level and mentality to stay among the best in the world and fight for all the titles. On weak days of tennis, like her debut against Bouzkova in Miami, she resorts to clawing, and when the physicist does not accompany her, as happened this Monday against Linda Fruhvirtova, she pulls category. The Spanish felt bad from the start and in the first break he asked for a medical time-out so that they will take her blood pressure and give her a pill. With a very bad face and less energy than usual, she managed to keep a bad day from getting worse because served well and was able to execute his shots with a balanced mix of strength and precision to shorten the exchanges and counteract the fresh insolence of the 16-year-old Czech pearl, Badosa fought to the limit, with what he had, which is a lot, to win by 6-2 and 6-3 in 82 minutes.
With a day of rest in between, which will come in handy, Paula will face the American Jessica Pegula (28 years old and 21st) on Wednesday in the quarterfinals for the first time.who suffered much less to advance, because her rival, the Ukrainian Anhelina Kalinina, left after losing the first set 6-0. “It’s been a tough day. When I woke up I wasn’t feeling well, but I was able to finish the match fighting as it was. I don’t really know how I won, but I’m very happy”affirmed the Catalan.
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With those bad feelings and without having controlled a rival who was playing her tenth WTA match and who competed with an invitation because she is the 279th in the world, Badosa had a hard time interpreting the game of a very solid, disciplined and brave girl, perhaps too much on some occasions, which leads her to make some mistakes. The Catalan attacked as soon as she could with fantastic down the line shots and fought back when needed to slowly chip away at Fruhvirtova’s confidenceexponent yet to materialize of the powerful quarry of the Czech Republic, which does not stop making stars.
“She is very good, she plays fearlessly and she has a bright future”said Paula de Linda, who had taken Kovinic, Mertens (66th), Mertens (24th) and Azarenka (16th) ahead in the tournament, and is the youngest to reach the round of 16 at this WTA 1,000 since Golovin (16 ) in 2004. Aware of the importance of having managed to get the game off the ground, Paula raised her index finger and smiled in celebration after adding her fifth break in the match and closing it out like a champion. It is already third in the ranking and points, why not, to one.
Results of the WTA 1,000 in Miami.