Painful setback for Badosa in Doha after a treacherous 6-0


Paula Badosa still does not raise her head. The Catalan fell on Tuesday in the second round of the Doha tournament against Canadian Leylah Fernández (0-6, 6-2, 6-3), whom she had beaten on the three occasions they met: in 2020 (Auckland tournament) , 2022 at the Indian Wells Masters and, recently, at the American tournament in Charleston (2023).

The first set was a display of effectiveness from former number 2 of the world, who started by breaking his rival’s serve and saving up to four break points in the second game.

Badosa, very solid from the back of the court, was able to hold off his rival’s attacks to open the gap up to 6-0 where he put the culmination. after taking advantage of his three chances on the break and saving the six that Fernández had.

However, everything went wrong in the second round. Shows the irregularity that has weighed on it in recent timesBadosa lost concentration and let the Canadian gain confidence.

In the fourth game, Fernández earned the break that had denied him in the first set, a feat he repeated in the sixth. to make it 5-1 sentencing a second set marked by six double faults by the Spaniards, who achieved a meaningless break that did not prevent the Canadian from making it 6-2 to take the match to a final, very close third set that was resolved in favor of Leylah Fernández thanks to a break in the eighth game.

Fernández will be looking for a spot in the quarterfinals this Wednesday in the final against Australian Open runner-up Qinwen Zheng, who won 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 over Polish Magda Linette.

The day on Tuesday began with the departure of Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkovanumber 32 in the world, when she lost 2-1 in the first set, leading the Olympic medalist, a native of Moscow, to go directly to the round of 16, where she will face the sixth seed, the Czech Marketa Vondrousova (n.8 WTA).

Source: La Verdad


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