Scare for Badosa, confidence for Muguruza

Garbiñe Muguruza greets the public after beating Clara Tauson. / Peter Foley / Efe

The two Spanish players beat Lesia Tsurenko and Clara Tauson without too much brilliance

It was unknown how Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza would land in New York and, although it was difficult for them to start in their debut, they achieved victories that placed them in the second round of the US Open. The first to advance was Muguruza, who achieved her fourth victory since April by defeating Denmark's Clara Tauson 6-3, 7-6 (5) in two hours of play. Muguruza, who only won one match on the North American tour prior to the US Open, gave a more leisurely and calm image and scored the first set with a high level of tennis. She didn't give up her serve once and saved the two break chances she had against her. The second set was much closer, with the Dane, who was number one in the junior world, more in the match.

She came back from a break against the Spanish and had three set points in her favor in the tenth game that Muguruza had to deactivate so as not to be forced into a reckless third set. He also flirted with it by starting 0-3 down in the tie-break, but Muguruza saved his own heartbreak and grabbed seven of the last nine points to reach the second round of the tournament and record his first Grand Slam win since the first round of the tournament. past Australian Open. In this way Muguruza avoids a third consecutive elimination in Grand Slam, after falling in her debut at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

Conchita Martínez's pupil will face on Thursday the Czech Linda Fruhvirtova, 17, who comes from the previous phase and who eliminated Xin Wang 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

Paula Badosa, during her match against Lesia Tsurenko. /

Al Bello / afp

Badosa, who was planted in New York with early losses in Toronto and Cincinnati, was close to falling for the third straight tournament in the first round, but reacted in time to overcome the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko 3-6, 7- 6(4) and 6-3.

The Spaniard, seeded fourth in the tournament, lost the first set and, despite breaking her rival's serve four times in the second set, gave up her own four times to lead the match to a tie break. There, Badosa, who started with a mini break against, won five points in a row from 1-2 and on the third set point equalized the contest.

He got rid of the nerves and made a much more complete third set, in which the advantage he achieved with 4-2 was definitive. He had a final scare, yes, by saving a break ball on his penultimate service and a 0-30 against in the last game. With this victory, Badosa equals his best result in New York, achieved last year when he also reached the second round.

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