MADRID, 13 Oct. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Spanish tennis player Paula Badosa remained as the only representative of the ‘Armada’ in the Indian Wells tournament (United States), in the WTA 1,000 category and seventh Masters 1,000 of the season in the ATP, after beating the Czech Barbora Krecijkova in two sets (6-1, 7-5) and qualify for the quarterfinals, while Pablo Carreño and Albert Ramos said goodbye in the third round.
The Catalan player, twenty-first favorite in the event, got into the top eight after a great match against the third seed and will now seek her second semifinals in a tournament of this category against the German Angelique Kerber after those reached in Madrid.
Badosa, who closed the match with 24 winners, was very firm and gave the Roland Garros champion barely any options in the first set, which she resolved in just half an hour after breaking three of her rival’s four serves.
However, this one, excessively erratic, improved in the second set and was able to flip an initial break to go 3-2 and serve. But Krecijkova could not take advantage of her best moment and the Spanish rebuilt herself to re-balance the match and, after forgiving a match ball with 5-4, not forgiving with 6-5 to avoid an always uncomfortable ‘sudden death’ and sentence her ticket to rooms.
“I think I played a pretty good game. I knew I had to play at a high level against Barbora because she is an incredible player, very talented. We played before so I knew what I was going to find on the court. I feel good and am very happy to have been able to play the best I can, “celebrated Badosa after the match.
On the other hand, at the ATP 1,000 Masters Pablo Carreño and Albert Ramos said goodbye after losing in the third round to Russian Karen Khachanov (6-0, 6-4) and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (4-6, 7 -6 (2), 6-2), respectively, leaving the male cadre without national representation.
Carreño, number 16 in the world and who practically says goodbye to his options to be in the ATP Finals in Turin, was completely overcome in a first set in which the Russian tennis player, his executioner in the semifinals of Tokyo 2020, endorsed him a ‘donut’ after taking advantage of all the ‘break’ opportunities available to him in the set.
The Spaniard was unable to generate any breaking ball against his opponent, who was enough a break in the third game of the second heat to close the duel in just over an hour and meet Albert Ramos’ executioner in the second round.
The Catalan managed to get ahead in the contest with two breaks in the first set that neutralized the Georgian’s ‘break’; however, the ‘tie-break’ of the second set allowed Basilashvili to equalize the match. A 2-0 start for his rival and another break in the fifth game of the final set ended Ramos’ adventure in the North American tournament.