Badosa achieves its first victory at the US Open

The Spanish beat Belgian Van Uytvanck in two sets and has already won all four Grand Slams. His next rival will be Gracheva, who eliminated Parrizas.


A Paula Badosa, in ascending and continuous progression, only needed to win one match at the US Open to add victories in the four Grand Slams. And this Tuesday he got it. The Spanish, born in New York 23 years ago ("I have good friends here, many people I know and returning to New York is always something very special for me," he said), overcame a bad start to win with authority, in two sets (6-4 and 6-3) and 80 minutes to Alison Van Uytvanck, the 27-year-old Belgian and 61st in the world who eliminated Garbiñe Muguruza three years ago at Wimbledon. Paula could have faced another Navy player, Nuria Parrizas, in the second round, but the Granada-born, debutant in a major since the previous round, could not finish off a match that she had started in the first round against the Russian Gracheva, who won by 5-7, 6-0 and 6-2. "It was a tricky game, complicated on the field, with the ball bouncing very fast and that does not make my game easier," said Badosa. "I had to adapt quickly to the conditions of the track and that was one of the keys to the victory," he added.

There was concern about the physical condition of Badosa, who had to retire in Cincinnati when they lost to Pliskova due to a sore right shoulder. He took to the track with tapes, but responded without problems to the demand for a meeting of the highest level. "My physical condition is very good and mentally I feel stronger every day, so I think that today I have achieved important points that made the difference in the final score," he explained later. She conceded an exit break and with 2-0 against she started a comeback that put her in control of the situation to the point that from then on the part in her favor was 12-5.

In the second set he worked to hold down an opponent who plays with blows, but in an irregular way, and closed the victory with a direct serve, the last point of the remarkable 80% that he won with first serves. Furthermore, he only made 11 unforced errors. Encouraging fast track statistics for a tennis player trying to rebuild herself after recently breaking up with her coach. And it's not bad.

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