PARIS (REUTERS) – Paula Badosa reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final when she beat former finalist Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, with her aggressive baseline play outclassing the Czech 20th seed on Court Suzanne Lenglen on Sunday(June 6).
The players traded breaks in the opening stages and were level at 4-4 when Badosa broke again before keeping her nerve to save two break points in the final game to seal the opening set.
While Badosa thrived on the longer rallies, Vondrousova looked to finish points quickly and the Czech claimed the crucial break to go up 4-2 before serving out the second set to take it into a decider.
Vondrousova’s fatigue was in stark contrast to the energy of Badosa, who broke twice to take a 4-1 lead in the final set.
The Spaniard broke a third time in the final game, when Vondrousova’s return on her second match point went long, to set up a quarter-final clash with unseeded Slovenian Tamara Zidansek.
Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also reached the last eight by beating former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
The 31st seed will make her seventh Grand Slam quarter-final appearance but her first at Roland Garros since 2011.
She will face either 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams or Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.
“It’s incredible that I’m still playing tennis 10 years after, so it comes as a bit of a surprise to me. I fought on every point and I’m really happy to go through,” said the 29-year-old.
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