Paula Badosa made her first step in the Wimbledon tournament by beating Louisa Chirico (6-1, 6-2) convincingly. After the match, the Catalan felt happy because she had been aggressive, and had successfully managed the challenges of playing in a wind that was not constant but which was not gale.
They'd never met on a track together and they may not have known that they crossed paths in different directions. They both participated in the Madrid tournament in 2016. Chirico, a promising 20 year old tennis player, was ranked as the 58th most talented tennis player in the world. She won one of the most prestigious tournaments she ever played in. It was hard to remember the passage of Badosa (which was then the 220)
Chirico was then subject to a series of injuries that nearly cost her everything. She has risen 100 places in the past few months to rank 236th. She was overjoyed to be drawn for a Grand Slam tournament. She did not make it to the US Open 2021, or Paris this year. Six years ago, she was eliminated in the first round of Wimblendon. She played with a smile. She was there again.
Tennis is not all about smiling. Badosa was better than Chirico in every aspect of the game. His first serve was not due to his power, but his excellent direction. She was unable to resist the thrust of the Spanish in the rally, who had lost the Eastbourne preparatory tournament first round and made unknown errors.
After his win, Badosa said that he had already stated that he had played well and that he lost because of the rival's merit. Both she and her team feel that she is in great shape. Since the Eastbourne loss, she has been training every day and she says calmly that "I believe I can be very danger." The world number four wants to reach higher than the fourth round last year.
What is Badosa's strategy on a windy pitch. "If it is in my favor, then I play with spin. If it's against me, I hit it hard but not to clinch, but to simplify. He was able to control the wind and avoid the grass hazards. The tennis player also believes that defeats are lessons to be learned. Now she will face Irina Bara, a Romanian tennis player.