Badosa starts in hurricane mode

Badosa celebrates his resounding victory against Fierro. / ef

First round

The Spanish only leaves two games in her debut against Fierro and presents her candidacy for Roland Garros

Paula Badosa needed only 54 minutes to show that her tennis rises at Roland Garros and that if there is a point where she can turn the season around, it has to be this. The Spanish tennis player started her career in Paris with a convincing victory against the local guest Fiona Ferro, whom she defeated 6-2 and 6-0 in less than an hour.

Despite the disappointments of Madrid and Rome, where he only managed one win in each event, and with a clay tour where his best result was the semifinals in Charleston, Badosa has changed the chip in the French capital, the one in which She rose as one of the best juniors in the world with the title in 2015.

In one of her most overwhelming performances of the season, the Catalan licked the wounds of having fallen out of the top three in the world this Monday with a practically perfect match. She did not hesitate from the start in a Philippe Chatrier who had just cried the farewell to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, retired in his loss to Casper Ruud. The departure of the Frenchman meant the entry onto the track for Badosa who, already with star stripes, walks without problems on the most important track in the Bolonia Forest.

Not in vain was he a quarter-finalist here last year, bordering on the semi-finals. That is the great objective of Badosa, who has never been among the last four of a Grand Slam and knows that on the Parisian clay is where he has the most opportunities to achieve it. The first step, against Fierro, number 130 in the world, was impeccable. His winning shot count jumped to 25 and left his unforced count at just thirteen. He did not even concede a single break point against a tennis player who already put him in trouble four years ago in Rabat.

touch perfection

That year, Badosa, far from the current level, came back from a set down and closed with a 6-0. Same brooch as this year. With a brutal forcefulness, in addition. After losing the first point of the set, Badosa took 18 in a row. In the entire partial she only gave up two points. She bordering on perfection, bordering on the gold set, something that very few people in history have achieved. The last to reach 24 points from a set in a WTA match was Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon 2012 against Sara Errani. Badosa caressed the possibility of repeating.

The victory, in addition to not involving excessive wear and tear, gives the Spaniard confidence and allows her to face the future with optimism. Her next rival will be the Slovenian Kaja Juvan, number 68 in the world and who defeated the Russian from the previous Oksana Selekhmeteva in straight sets. It will be the first time that Badosa and Juvan meet in an official match. Badosa is the only Spanish survivor in the women's draw after the defeats in the first round of Garbiñe Muguruza, Nuria Parrizas and Cristina Bucsa.

In addition, Pedro Martínez fell against the Swiss Henrik Laaksonen 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (1) and this Wednesday Carlos Alcaraz will return to the court, who will face Albert Ramos, Novak Djokovic, who will clash against Alex Molcan, and Rafael Nadal, who will play against Frenchman Corentin Moutet.

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