- round of 16 - That's how it was
Serves Paula Badosa, is done with the first game.
A mirage really, because Simona Halep, the former number one whose injuries made her consider withdrawing at the end of last year, puts the turbo and scratches one point after another to close the first set in just 23 minutes.
She hits, presses and drowns the Romanian, already a quarterfinalist: 6-1 and 6-2, in an hour nailed.
In other words, this is where the Spaniard's journey ends at this Wimbledon, where she arrived after two months of sinuous curves and various difficulties on clay, and from where she leaves without reaching the intended goal and that she pursues so much: to take a definitive leap on the big stages.
Last year's quarterfinals at Roland Garros set his top in the
and this season, his first experience in the noblest floor of the circuit, he has not managed to exceed the bar of the eighth;
he couldn't do it in Australia, he repeats in London and in Paris he stayed in the previous season.
Hence he twists his face and glances sideways at the chair;
he insists on tapping his index finger on his temple (head, head, head!) and hides under the towel, to see if that clears it up and he perceives things more lucidly.
But there is no way.
Halep, the champion of 2019, does not loosen a single second and it is known in that sweet state of hers that she makes her a candidate with capital letters to raise another scepter.
Badosa surrenders to Kvitova and gets a good color
“I am improving and I really want to play the next game.
It is very special to be here again, yesterday [for Sunday] I was more nervous than usual”, exposes the 18th in the world while Badosa withdraws from the side of the Cathedral and denies: “No, not like that”.
She doesn't reverse the script in the evening.
The jump does not arrive in the large squares.
That is why she flagellates herself internally.
She tries by all means, but she doesn't overwhelm (only seven
), she bleeds to death on serve and in front of her has once again run into the revitalized player who a couple of months ago got her out of Madrid to the brave;
four games she gave then, one less in this match.
However, the 24-year-old Catalan promises war and convinces herself that the big day will come.
“I have tried to be more aggressive, but she has planned the game very well.
Things didn't work out for me.
Nobody likes to be in this situation, to be in the center and last only an hour.
It sucks, but I'm going to put 100% back on it.
If I have something, it is mental strength”, admits the number four, who in the previous season had acquired good feelings against Petra Kvitova;
“I don't know what I'm missing, because I've won Indian Wells, which is like a Grand Slam.
I'm going to try not to fall apart, I'm going to keep fighting.
Maybe one day the chime will ring, or maybe not.
Badosa says to go on the right path and clings to the harvest from day to day.
The statistics show that she is the fifth player with the most wins (27) this season – ahead are Iga Swiatek (44), Ons Jabeur (34), Halep (30) and Amanda Anisimova (28) – and she continues to learn to process expectations that generates the new role that has been earned.
Spain and the bad habit
“I am very sorry for the demands of the people behind it.
It's my first year as
You're in the second week and now the question is why you don't win, and when you lose in the first week it's why you don't make it to the second... I don't know.
I am not Rafa Nadal nor am I going to be, in Spain we have gotten a bit spoiled.
I would like a little less to be required, but in the end I cannot ask for that.
I must trust my team, be protected and focused on making my way”, she indicates.
Meanwhile, Halep's silhouette begins to grow larger in the tournament.
She was unable to attend Constanza's team last year due to a calf tear and has been regenerated since April, at the hands of Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams' coach for a decade.
New airs and, consequently, the goodbye of the Spanish to London.
"I don't know what happened because it hasn't given me much time to be on the track...", he points out.
"I dont know.
She played well, I played badly.
Lots of bugs.
I'm not that stupid and that has surprised me”, synthesizes the tennis player from Begur.
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