Paula Badosa was eliminated this Wednesday at Round of 16 of the WTA 500 in Ostrava, on an indoor hard court and in what was his debut match. The Spanish player, number 4 in the world, was surpassed by the local Petra Kvitova through 7-6(4) and 6-4.
It was a very demanding debut for Badosa against a Kvitova who, despite the fact that he is ranked 20th in the world, is still one of the most dangerous players on the circuit. This was shown in a tournament played in her country and where she made it to the quarterfinals, where the winner of the match between Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Elena Rybakina will be measured.
He earned the ticket to the next round in a game marked by many other options which both had Kvitova and Badosa, but where the Czech was more reliable in important moments. First, in the third game of the match, where he saved five break balls for the Spaniard. After entering a tie-break that was decided in their favor 7-4.
Badosa reacted well in the second set as the match went uphill, with a break for a 2-1 loss. The Catalan player immediately regained his serve, but dropped it again in the seventh game of the set. Despite the fact that he saved six match points on his serve and one more on the othersBadosa definitely paid off in the tenth game of the set for 6-4 which certified Kvitova’s advancement.
This is Badosa’s third straight loss on the WTA circuit. After being eliminated in the second round of the US Open against Petra Martic, she lost in the round of 16 of the WTA 500 in Tokyo against Qinwen Zheng. The Spanish player is not going through his best moment of the game, with one win in the last seven games.
Source: La Verdad