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Wimbledon 2022: Paula Badosa knocks down Kvitova, equals last year’s round of 16 and wants revenge against Halep

Un confrontation between the fourth favorite, Paula Badosaand the two-time queen at the All England Club, Peter Kvitovmade the organization schedule the presumable show in the second turn of the Wimbledon center court, just before Rafael Nadal jumped into action to face the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

Badosa had lost all six matches against top seeds on the grass. The day to stop that losing streak was today after beating Petra Kvitova (25) 7-5 and 7-6(4).

Thus, for the sixth time in the last seven editions of Wimbledonthere will be a Spanish in the fourth round of the ‘Grand Slam’ on grass.

One of the great challenges in tennis is to beat Kvtiova on grass

Paula Badosa

The regular campaign being carried out by the tennis player from Begur is measured by her wins (27). Only Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Simona Halep and Amanda Anisimova were more successful in their individual engagements.

Most games won this season

Every Swiatek 44

Ons Jabeur 33

Simona Halep 29

Amanda Anisimova 28

Daria Kasatkina 27

Maria Sakkari 27

Paula Badosa 27

Belind Bencic 26

the Catalan, injured in the solo during his participation in Roland Garros, had had a single shooting event on grass. In Eastourne she fell with the local Burrage (169) and the champion was Kvitova.

Jorge García’s pupil became great against a rival with more gallons on his favorite surface. Paula matches her best result in the tournament, the round of 16 last year.

Kvitova started strongly on the grass from the first to the last point. Sum 10 of the first 11 points.

He had ball 3-0. He failed and paid dearly because his rival enjoyed two chances to tie at two after a fourth game of more than 10 minutes. The services are imposed on the remains.

Paula returned to the charge with a 0-40 in the sixth round. They escaped him again due to the bombardment Petra subjected him to. The Czech tennis player played all or nothing, with no margin for error.

The Spanish was better in exchanges, but there were hardly any. Badosa, who was 0/6 on break balls, put an end to that negative statistic in the tenth game, in time to turn the score around. His were the last five games to score the opening set thanks to a double fault and start the second set with an advantage. The Czech’s unforced errors reached 12, twice as many as her opponent.

Equality was maintained in the second act until sudden death. To play and win on the green carpet you have to flex your legs when hitting the ball. That is what Paula repeatedly did and what her victim, eight years older, never applied herself to.

The thorn with Halep

Badosa will have the opportunity this Monday to take revenge on Simona Halep, who was his executioner at the Mutua Madrid Open with a convincing result of 6-3 and 6-1. The Romanian, with the elimination of Kvitova, is the only Wimbledon champion remaining in competition. She won the trophy in the 2019 edition, just before the pandemic.

“Of course it’s important who you have in front of you, the only thing I hope is to play on center court again,” confessed the fourth favorite at the conclusion.

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