There will be no Spaniards in the men’s and women’s quarter-final singles. Roberto Bautista He had no choice against Canadian Denis Shapovalov, then the dream of Paula Badosa in his second Wimbledon he concluded in the round of eighth.
The Girona woman, 23 years old and number 33 in the world, lost for 7-6 (6) and 6-4 in an hour and a half of match against a rival who will repeat their presence in the All England Club rooms, the Czech Karolina Muchova, 24 years old and 22nd WTA.
Badosa accused not having finished a first set that had a couple of times to shoot. He served with 5-3 to close it, but he made a ‘game’ with a couple of errors that also included a slip and a favorable appointment to the opponent. The factors came together, with the nerves also taking a privileged position, and he suffered a first ‘break’ that he had avoided in the opening game, which he had opened with two double faults.
In the ‘tiebreak’ the Catalan created a new opportunity. He chained five points to command 5-2, but he delivered the next two serves. History repeated itself with 6-5, set point. Again the service, her best weapon, did not accompany her. On the contrary, a fifth double fault meant 6-7, the previous one to deliver a sleeve that should have been his.
Muchova did not help, pure Czech school for the technical resources. Dropped, serve and volley, forehand and backhand. Complete and expert in the field. The result of 2019, knowing the eighth of this Grand Slam, gave him calm.
From which Badosa suffered a few minutes, frustrated by what happened in the first set. Enough to see yourself down 2-4, On the edge of the precipice. She avoided the TKO, immediately recovering the ‘break’, 3-4, but the Central European opponent had become strong, she had a plus of physical and positive energy.
Two defensive balloons That turned into lethal weapons falling squarely on the baseline led to Badosa being eliminated on his last shift of duty. Pain for the defeat, although good overall balance considering that it is his first season really competing in the elite.
After the Madrid semis, the Belgrade title and the quarterfinals Roland Garros, This fourth round of Wimbledon adds, does not subtract, in the trajectory of Paula Badosa, who will have another important event to shine at the Tokyo Olympics.