Badosa escapes Juvan's trap

Paula Badosa celebrates a point against Kaja Juvan. / AFP

Second round

The Spanish loses her first set in the tournament, but heads towards the third round, in which she will face the Russian Kudermetova

Complicated match for Paula Badosa in the second round of Roland Garros, but the match was overcome. The Slovenian Kaja Juvan, a poisoned candy at this point in the tournament, forced the Spanish, who needed three sets (7-5, 3-6 and 6-2) to reach the third round and keep the dream of conquering Paris alive. . Badosa escaped this Thursday from a trap called Juvan, who, as much as she is ranked outside the 60 best tennis players in the world, came from an almost perfect week in Strasbourg. In the French capital, the Slovenian reached the final of the last tournament before Roland Garros and came close to causing a surprise in the final against a triple Grand Slam winner like Angelique Kerber.

"I was expecting a match like this," Badosa explained after the match against Juvan. «She came with a lot of confidence from last week, where she won very good matches. I need even more games to see myself with confidence, although I am happy with today's level, "acknowledged the Catalan player.

At the moment, Badosa already has two wins in Paris and more than three hours on the track. The two hours and 19 minutes used to beat Juvan, the most intense. With many ups and downs, because the Spanish wasted up to two service breaks in favor in the first set, which she led 5-2. From there Juvan rowed to 5-5, before losing two games that were crucial to the match.

Because Badosa took the set and hit a slump in the game that the Slovenian took advantage of, to level with a 6-3 that reminded of the games lost on the clay tour by the Spanish. With no chance of a 'break' and with too many unforced errors (she made up to nine in the second set), Badosa was forced into a third set in Suzanne Lenglen, a threat to her status in the tournament, in which she survives as the only Spanish after the early eliminations of Garbiñe Muguruza, Nuria Parrizas and Cristina Bucsa.

The cloud got bigger when Juvan, who arrived with a brutal inertia from the second set and with the confidence of having beaten a 'top ten' like Karolina Pliskova less than a week ago, took over the first game breaking Badosa's serve . Total alarm that dissipated with the response of the Catalan.

Four games in a row for Badosa's racket, which no longer wavered and which won eight of the last nine games of the match. With Juvan's last long ball, Badosa turned to his box and pointed to his head, the one that had kept him on his feet when the Slovenian earthquake threatened his continuation in the tournament.

Badosa qualified for the third time for the third round of Roland Garros. She has never lost to the Spaniard at this stage of a Grand Slam tournament and has beaten her on the four occasions she has reached it, two in Paris, one at Wimbledon and one in Australia. Her rival will be the Russian Veronika Kudermetova, number 29 in the world. This player has a favorable 'face to face' with Badosa, because between 2019 and 2021 she defeated her three times. However, the two times that the faces have been seen this year, in Indian Wells and Madrid, the victory fell on the side of Badosa, who did not drop a set along the way.

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