Even if you come from knock out a former top 10 like Madison Keys (now 26th), it must be difficult to face a tennis player who has won seven of her last ten games and who perhaps only a heat stroke took him off a medal at the Tokyo Games. It is the situation that was found Rebecca Marino (220º) in the second round of the WTA 1,000 of Canada against Paula Badosa, one of the fittest players on the women’s circuit today, who is beginning to knock on the doors of great successes. But the local player, invited by the tournament organization, prolonged her dream one more day in Montreal by giving the bell against the Spanish with a tremendous comeback: 6-1, 5-7 and 4-6 in 2:15 game hours.
Paula came out in a whirlwind, with the tenacious, solid and convincing tennis that she has been showing this year. He managed to break the serve of the Canadian exit and consolidate the break in white with his service. There the first set died and at times it seemed that until the game. In just 15 minutes, with streaks of up to nine consecutive points, Badosa already dominated 4-0 thanks to his implacable right hand and some accurate remains with which he left Marino in a tremendous 0% of points won with second serve and only 56% with first serve in the initial round. Tremendous.
🇨🇦 Canadian Comeback Complete 🇨🇦 ✔️
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Exceeded the first set in only 24 minutes and with a 6-1 in his pocket, it seemed like the second set would be a walk in the park. Nothing is further from reality. Marino improved by putting more first aces into play, which together with double faults of more by the Spanish (he finished with 10, by 3 of his rival) balanced the forces. In the fifth game, Paula conceded the first break of the match, but recovered immediately to balance the sleeve in the following game (3-3). From there, the game for Javier Martí’s pupil became rare, who ended up giving up his sleeve when he was outmatched in the decisive moments.
It was the beginning of the end. A preamble to the nightmare that the Catalan would live in the final set. Pulled by the stands, Marino came to the top and dominated the game with such an anarchic style (and sometimes lacking in resources) as cash. Paula was surprised, unable to find solutions, and by the time she reacted it was too late. She went from 5-2 down to having a break ball to go up to 5-5, but her unforced errors condemned her. Marino closed the victory in a big way, with an ace in his first match ball. You will need such inspiration in your next stumbling block against Aryna Sabalenka, first seed, who suffered greatly to overcome Sloane Stephens: 7-6 (4), 4-6 and 6-4.
Sorribes, sole survivor
The joy of the day in Montreal for Spanish tennis led to the signing of Sara Sorribes. The Castellón sealed her go to round of 16 with solvency after defeating the Russian Liudmila Samsonova (52nd) by a score of 6-4 and 6-3 in 1:36 game hours. With this victory, Sorribes will confidently face the next round, and as only Spanish survivor of the final draw, where it will be measured with the executioner of his compatriot Garbiñe Muguruza: the Czech Katerina Siniakova.
Svitolina and Halep, eliminated
One of the great surprises of the day was the defeat of Elina Svitolina, Olympic bronze in the Tokyo Games. The Ukrainian, third favorite for the title, was overtaken by the British Johanna Konta, who managed to come back to win 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2. Simona Halep also fell on her debut. The Romanian, who returned to compete casi three months later, he stood up but could not with the American Danielle Collins, who won in three sets 2-6, 6-4 and 6-4. Another surprise of the day was the defeat of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the hands of Jessica Pegula (1-6, 6-3 and 6-2). For their part, other favorites such as Karolina Pliskova, María Sakkari, Ons Jabeur and Coco Gauff did seal their pass to the round of 16, something that Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska could not achieve, who fell to the Italian of Argentine roots Camila Giorgi 6-2 and 6-4.