World number 4 and third favorite Spaniard Paula Badosa was watched this Wednesday and landed in Australia. Ajla Tomljanovic In his first game in the Cincinnati tournament, a game that finished after 1:15 am and was played in a semi-deserted stadium.
Badosa, which was last year, quarterfinalist In this tournament, he lost to his rival Tomljanovic, whom he beat twice this year in Australia, 6-7 (3), 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2 in 2 hours 26 minutes.
The Spaniards started the game positive, but paid the price for the vertical drop. second set and couldn’t get up.
about second consecutive loss In the first round for Badosa, who withdrew from the Toronto tournament due to a physical problem in the match against Yulia Putintseva.
His defeat came eleven days before the start of the United States Open on August 29. New York.
Tomljanovic, world number 63interrupted ten consecutive losing streaks against rivals who are part of the ‘top 10’ in the world rankings.
The duel was originally to be fought on the center court at 20:30 local time, but heavy rain fell around 19:45. taking a break from the previous game for an hour and a half, Rafa Nadal’s fight against the Croatian Borna Coric.
Thus, the meeting was moved to the 3rd court, as the center was full until 23:00. Lindner Family Tennis Center.
It was a bumpy game for Badosa and was marked by a series of sets that began with Badosa’s 3-1 win, which Tomljanovic managed to recover. vintage. The Spaniards played with concentration and won 7-3.
However, everything has changed second partial, When Tomljanovic leveled up his game vertically and resonated 6-0. Aussie made nine appearances, dodging for a quick 3-0 run in the decisive set.
Meanwhile, Badosa covered his head with a towel to calm down and recover the feelings.
make an effort, he broke the losing streak and with a 2-4 score, he even got the ball for a break to balance the game, but Tomljanovic canceled the match with a perfect backhand and managed to keep his advantage.
Badosa lost that game to a forehand error and eventually threw his racket to the ground. frustration. He failed to recover and handed over his service to zero.
Tomljanovic won 6-7 (4), 6-0 and 6-2 and qualified for the last 16 where she will face Russian Veronika Kudermetova.
At the end of the match, the Australian expressed his satisfaction in beating a Badosa, whom he thought to be. “one of the best in the world”.
Badosa’s defeat added to his compatriot Garbiñe Muguruza’s defeat, who was eliminated by the Kazakh in the first round. Elena Rybakina, Wimbledon champion reigns.
Muguruza does not come out of the hole in this course. In total, he’s had 14 losses in 23 games – he hasn’t beaten a second round of the same tournament so far this year – and as this Wednesday he is showing alarming signs on the track.
In the second serve, Rybakina had already broken the Spanish serve and hit the nail on the head in the sixth game. 5-1 was vital disarming any response by Muguruza, despite taking a ‘time out’ right after. He was far from getting a slice, and Kazakh Rybakina, number 25 in the world, closed the set without any problems.
That’s when the party went crazy three losses in a rowThis lessened Muguruza’s lack of concentration, who again paid dearly for his opponent’s success after a set full of mistakes.
To make matters worse for the Spanish tennis player, Ribakina In the decisive moments, he improved himself, stepped on the accelerator to take the set, and as a result won the game a clear 6-3. A victory that associated him with American Alison Riske in the round of 16.
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