Paula Badosa was first to Wimbledon in 2014. She went to the junior tournament. She was able to witness the final on the center court that year. Badosa, 16, witnessed from the center court on one of the most famous courts in the world and was there to witness how Petra Kvitova won her first Wimbledon. The victory of the Czech tennis player was eight years ago. She was defeated by the Spanish tennis player in the All England Club's best win (7-5 and 7-6 (4)).
Badosa, who was new to the centre, played her best tennis against one the most aggressive players on the circuit. She knew how to block him until she made over thirty unforced mistakes.
With the use of pulling and pulling, the Czech started off in a very intimidating manner on a track she knows well and where she knew she could beat Badosa with her experience. She won seven of eight points, and then she was ahead 3-1, and later 5-3. It gave the impression that this would be an afternoon to revive her tennis, which is still far from its glory days at 32. .
On the brink of losing the first set Badosa returned and took four games from the sleeve. She then began an ascent where her serve, especially the second was crucial to closing the gaps the Czech was seeking. Kvitova had nine break opportunities in the second set, but all were closed by Badosa who played his best under pressure. After the match, he stated that he would not give up and that was his key.
Despite being close to winning, she was still two points behind Kvitova with 5-4 and 15-30 on Kvitova’s serve. After winning the best point, Kvitova let out a scream of fury by activating the Spanish's opportunities to force the second set to take place in the tie break; a rare moment for a server such as Kvitova. Kvitova, however, was terrible in the tiebreaker. Kvitova made four errors unforced that almost cost him the match. Badosa was relentless with his no-miss strategy. He did not hesitate when the match went from 4-1, 4-3, or when he lost his first match point.
The Czech's ugly forehand was the reason she won the tournament, which is her best win and allows her to take part in the second week at Wimbledon for the second year. After reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros 2021, Badosa will now be able to do the same with Grand Slam.
Yes, the rival will be of substance. Simona Halep, who has recovered tennis and beat Magdalena Frech 6-1, and who knows how to correct Spanish players less than three years ago, will be Simona Halep. The Romanian beat Badosa in Madrid, leaving only four games. After Iga Swiatek's streak of 37 consecutive wins (the longest in 21st century), Halep was beaten by Alize Cornet in 2019. She is now the 2019 champion.