Paul Badosa did not have it easy against a grass specialist who had already been a quarter-finalist two years ago at Wimbledon, Karolina Muchova, but he could have done something more to avoid a defeat that was not sung in advance. The 24-year-old Czech and 22nd in the world won with less comfort than indicated by the scoreboard (7-6 (6) and 6-4 in 1:33), among other things because the Spanish gave her a first set that she had controlled , in which he first served to win it at 5-3 and then threw a 5-2 and a set ball in the tiebreaker. That these things do not happen to her is a matter of experience, and this defeat, painful but plausible, will surely help her improve. Muchova will face Coco Gauff or Angelique Kerber.
The match could not have started better for Paula, who broke the service of her rival at the first time and controlled the situation until her aforementioned collapse, partly due to her rival’s merits, but also due to her own demerits. Badosa did not control the plays preceded by second serves, failed more than necessary (30 unforced errors) and was not as aggressive as in previous rounds (16 winners). She played contained, with too much caution when she was ahead on the scoreboard.
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Muchova perceived it and after signing up the first set with luck, he took advantage of the Catalan’s downturn to go for the game. He did it with a break at 4-2 and with another for 6-4 after Badosa had broken him for the second time in the match. The worst thing is that he won without doing anything of the other world, beyond managing better in the always stormy grass of Wimbledon.
“I have bad losing, it hurts a lot”
“It has been strange, I have not been able to give the level. She likes to play here, and I have been more failed than normal,” acknowledged the Spanish, who gets “good marks” in a tournament that she considers “good”. “I have played a few times on grass. It is not my best surface, so I am happy with the result.” Now put your mind in Tokyo 2020 mode. “I’m going to go straight to the Games. They have been a couple of intense tournaments. I need to be home for a few days, which I haven’t been in a long time, and then I’ll go to Japan.” Regarding his progression, Badosa says he has “a lot of room for improvement.” “I think I am overcoming barriers. Three months ago I would sign it, but now it is hard. I think I wanted to win too much, I must forget about everything around, forget about winning, winning and winning. That sometimes works against me. . I have bad losing, it hurts a lot, I have a bad time. But little by little I am relativizing “.
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