Paula Badosa is heavy with confinement and falls in three sets against Samsonova

Paula Badosa is heavy with confinement and falls in three sets against Samsonova

Open de Australia 2021 The Spanish served for the match in the tenth game of the third set

PTo frame the fight that Paula Badosa put him today in the first round of the Australian Open although he did not have a prize. The Catalan, despite coming from a confinement of 21 days after testing positive for coronavirus, in her case of the British strain, fought to the end against Liudmila Samsonova to end up yielding for 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) and 6-4.

Javier Mart’s ward, with only four days of training, He put attitude and enthusiasm in a match that was complicated from the beginning with a 5-2 for Samsonova, a player who won the ticket to Melbourne in the previous one of Dubi since it is the 130th of the WTA. The Russian, 22, debut their palmars of triumphs in the four great stages of the racket.

Paula, after scoring the opening round, started with ‘break’ up in the continuation. What happens is that Samsonova rebuilt and placed with 5-3 in her favor. The stage remembered the first set and the denouement also went to sudden death. This time he fell on the Russian side.

The New York native kept her mettle on the tiebreaker sleeve and even pulled out to win in the tenth game. At the moment of truth he left the service (10 double faults) and fatigue seized his legs in a commitment that lasted 2 hours and 38 minutes.

The defeat of Badosa did not allow us to see a fratricidal duel that would have ensured the presence of a Spanish woman in the third round of the tournament. And it is that Samsonova is measured now with Garbie Muguruza, executioner of another Russian, Margarita Gasparyan, by 6-4 and 6-0.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.