Badosa's Gesta

The Spanish, without a coach, saved five match points and beat the Croatian in three sets. They will face Sabalenka, third seed, in the second round.


Four days after making a strange decision, to dispense with her coach, Javier Martí, with whom she had been working quite successfully for the last 11 months, Paula Badosa was reunited with the victory in the WTA 1,000 in Cincinnati and she did it in a way spectacular, with a comeback against Petra Martic that culminated after lifting five match points in the third set. The 23-year-old and 31st-year-old Catalan in the world beat the 30- and 34th-year-old Croat 4-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (6) in two hours and 34 minutes of real game time, because the duel lasted a long time. more in time for the rain. He was able to close out the win before the agonizing tiebreaker, but Martic also saved two match balls in the twelfth game and another two in the last. In that tie-break, Badosa knew how to suffer to recover from a dangerous 4-2 and later from a 6-5 and a 9-8 against that already seemed too much.

The Spanish, who had lost badly in the second round in Montreal against the Canadian Rebeca Marino, will face on Wednesday in the same phase, but of the Western & Southern Open, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, third favorite.Badosa's victory against a rival with a very good hand was worthy of merit, especially for the cut backhand and left hands, who knew how to keep it behind the baseline for a long time to overcome him with those resources and defended himself with success and intention to the furious attacks of a tennis player with enormous offensive potential, who attacked relentlessly and in the end found its reward with a bit of well-deserved luck. This is how she came out alive from 15-40 in the 5-5 of the third set and after the aforementioned disadvantages in the final tiebreaker, after two stops due to the rain, in the second set and in that 'sudden death' with warm-up included when the scoreboard showed an uncertain 6-6.

The Czechs advance

Among the favorites, there were two Czech Grand Slams winners, Petra Kvitova, who won 7-5 and 6-4 against Madison Keys, and Barbora Krejcikova, who could with Daria Kasatkina (6-3 and 6-2) . The Latvian Jelena Ostapenko beat the Slovak Tamara Zidansek (7-5 and 6-1) .

Also advanced to the next round the American Jennifer Brady (6-3 and 7-6 (3) against Ekaterina Alexandrova), the German Angelique Kerber, who surprised the Greek Maria Sakkari by a double 6-2 and the Belgian Elise Mertens, that beat Argentina's Nadia Podoroska 6-3 and 6-4.

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