With a more than clean win over American Louisa Chirico (6-2 and 6-1, in 56 minutes) and good contact with the grass at Wimbledon, everything went smoothly. However, Paula Badosa – quoted on Thursday at the second station of the tournament with the Romanian Irina Bara, 60th in the world – finds it difficult to get rid of the serious face that has accompanied her lately, entering a zone desert that tries to leave them based on perseverance and will. The sun does not rise for her, who still trusts that the momentum will reverse sooner or later.
“The click I need is to keep going in the industry I’m in. I understand that you can always ask for more, but I think I’m fine and that it’s been a very positive year,” replies the Catalan, who since reaching the top at Indian Wells last year – the first Spaniard to who made it – replies to this newspaper the circuit under a new condition that learns driving on the fly. After leaving the comfortable refuge of the train, it’s up to her in this new phase to come to terms with exposure and the fact that wherever she goes, she’s one of the marked.
“It’s never easy to be among the favourites,” she explains. “Now the rivals play against me very loosely and I live a year full of new experiences. It’s hard and complicated, but I think it will help me a lot in the future. Hopefully I can show the level of training,” continues Begur, fourth in the great British squad who started the season with a bang in Sydney. However, the start of the dirt road did not go as expected and from then on doubts and curves that he will try to overcome these days in London, where he finished eighth a year ago.
Badosa (24 years old) has gained the new status and trusts in everyday life and in the great room for advancement, which he values. She doesn’t want to be a player of the moment, but wants to assert herself among the strongest. To do so, he must break the pothole – he gave way in the second round in Madrid, second in Rome and third in Roland Garros before falling in the first round in the Eastbourne pre-season – and once again meet the dominant tennis player who dazzled at the end of last season. She’s sticking to the routine, that effort and that stubbornness that brought her to salvage a career, but now she needs a change of direction.
Feliciano chases Federer
With only one rehearsal in the Wimbledon opener, in which she lost to the British Judie Burrage, she wants to let the matches go through her racket again. “It is very important that I take care of myself, be aggressive and serve very well,” is mandatory. He did so in front of Chirico, a sweets expert (236th), suited to start the journey in London.
His victory was joined by Sara Sorribes (6-2 and 6-1 against Christina McHale) and Roberto Bautista (6-1, 6-0 and 6-2 against Attila Balasz). However, they lost Nuria Párrizas (7-5 and 6-3 with Claire Liu), Carlos Taberner (7-6 (5) with Opelka), Pedro Martínez (4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-1 v Alex Molcan), Bernabé Zapata (7-6 (6), 6-4 and 6-4 v Jack Sock), Roberto Carballés (6-4, 6-1 and 6-1 v Jordan Thompson) and Feliciano Lopez (6: 2, 6: 3 and 6: 3 for Botic van de Zandschulp). As a consolation, the 40-year-old from Toledo achieved the performance record set by Roger Federer (81) on the big stages.
Meanwhile, the duel between Garbiñe Muguruza and Greet Minnen was interrupted 6:4 for the latter due to lack of light. This Wednesday, Carlos Alcaraz (around 5:00 p.m., Movistar Deportes) meets Tallon Griekspoor.