Tuesday, May 7

Badosa on Facing Gauff and Madrid Expectations

Paula Badosa has kissed the clay of Madrid prior to now.

In her Madrid return, the Twenty sixth-seeded Spaniard goals to embrace challenges.

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Hearing the cheers from dwelling followers, Badosa edged Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to arrange a Mutua Madrid Open Saturday showdown vs. sixth-seeded American Coco Gauff.

Badosa overcame 10 double faults in the present day in a tense two hour, 30-minute victory and goals to play first-strike tennis vs. Roland Garros runner-up Gauff.

“Against Coco, we played a few times. Yeah, big server, aggressive, very good backhand, one of the best backhands in the world,” stated Badosa, who owns a 2-1 file towards Gauff. “She’s very physical, but I think it’s a very tactical match. She plays good on clay. She did French Open final last year.

“But I like these sort of matches. I do know it is a problem, and I’m actually wanting ahead to play towards her as properly with my dwelling crowd.”

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Two years in the past, Badosa kissed the clay commemorating her historic run as the primary Spanish girl to succeed in the Madrid semifinals.

Playing in entrance of dwelling followers might be each uplifting and unsettling for Badosa, who concedes Madrid is certainly one of her hardest tournaments.

“Yeah, it’s much easier to play anywhere else than here, but it’s something that I already try to be prepared,” Badosa informed the media in Madrid. “Well, maybe I didn’t play my best the last years, but one of the years I played really well here. I could adapt myself and my game and everything. I hope this year can be the same.

“But, yeah, it is at all times a problem to play right here in Madrid.”

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