After qualifying for the second round of the US Open by tracking down the Ukrainian Lesia TsurenkoThe Spanish Paula Badosa, number 4 in the WTA ranking, was happy this Tuesday for a victory that had to work from start to finish.
“I fought until the last point. I think that gave me the match and I’m very happy,” he assured at the post-match press conference.
World number 87, Tsurenko sold his loss against Badosa dearly, ending the match 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 in two hours and 31 minutes.
The Ukrainian had physical problems with her left arm in the third set and also left the court after the match with a limp, but nevertheless, the match was full of danger for Badosa, who was very uncomfortable for most of the match and made 57 errors not forced (47 by his rival).
The Spaniard, who in 2019 and 2020 did not go beyond the first round at the US Open and last year had a bye in the second round, will face the Croatian in the next match. Petra Martin.
Badosa emphasized that Tuesday’s match was “hard fought” and stressed that in the second and third sets he played “better” than the first set that choked him.
The Spaniards also spoke about the difficult conditions in which this “complicated match” was played.
In this sense, he pointed out that he felt that the court was “very fast” and a bit windy, said that “the heat and humidity did not help” and insisted – as he did in the past – that the balls used in the infield. the women are too light in this Grand Slam.
For all these reasons, Badosa admits that between this situation and “nerves” he “took a long time” to adapt.
However, the Spaniard does not want to look for excuses and explained that he sees this US Open as an opportunity for his tennis to develop.
“My goal is to try to adapt my game a little bit. I think, to be clear, it’s a bit of a bad condition for me,” he said before stressing that he sees it as a challenge and wants to “improve for future.”
“My goal here is to try to play as many matches as possible, but I’m trying to adapt my game and try to find my tennis as much as I can,” he promised.
Source: La Verdad
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