Rising one more day, Paula Badosa got rid of the Montenegrin Danka Kovinic (6-2 and 6-0, in 53 minutes) on the fast track and confirmed her progression with a display of offensiveness and punch. The 23-year-old Catalan has been going strong since October – then she already reached the eighth of the French great – and will face the Romanian Ana Bogdan (28 years, 102nd in the world) for a place in the fourth season of the tournament.
“I hope it is not my year, but that from now on everyone is good. But yes, I have made a qualitative leap forward. I’m starting to take off ”, he expressed after obtaining the victory, with only six unforced errors in the statistics. This season, Badosa has risen to the 35th rung in the WTA and recently won her first title on the professional circuit, two weeks ago in Belgrade.
In addition, she advanced to the semifinals at the Madrid Masters and on April 10 defeated number one Ashleigh Barty in the Charleston arena. “I’m ready for anything in this tournament,” she said after beating Kovinic. “I come with a good rhythm, I am mentally good and I want to go game by game. I have not looked at the painting. In Madrid I won very difficult games and that helps me a lot to be prepared, ”said the Spaniard, who unfortunately yielded to Laura Siegemund last year, injured by a puncture in the back.
His victory commanded a day in which Alejandro Davidovich from Malaga also advanced, (6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 2-6 and 6-4 to Botic van de Zandschulp) and Pablo Carreño (2-6, 6 -3, 6-4 and 6-4 to Enzo Couacaud). However, Spanish tennis lost four male representatives: Roberto Bautista (6-3, 2-6, 6-3 and 6-2 for Henri Laaksonen), Pablo Andújar (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2 with Federico Delbonis), Pedro Martínez (6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 against Stefanos Tsitsipas) and Jaume Munar (6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 7-5 favorable to Reilly Opelka).
Meanwhile, American Serena Williams defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7 and 6-1, and will face her compatriot Danielle Collins on Friday.
This Thursday, Rafael Nadal will intervene against Richard Gasquet on the night shift (not before 9:00 pm, Eurosport); Carlos Alcaraz will face Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last turn of Track 14; and Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will collide with Marin Cilic and Pablo Cuevas, in the Chatrier and the Lenglen respectively.