Badosa Avoids Shock Loss Against World No. 298 In Hua Hin Opener

Badosa Avoids Shock Loss Against World No. 298 In Hua Hin Opener

by Zachary Wimer

After losing the opening set, Paula Badosa found herself in a tough spot at the 2024 Thailand Open in Hua Hin but managed to rally and win in three sets.

The Spanish player needs some matches after missing a huge chunk of last year. She made a comeback in Australia and played pretty well but ran into an inspired Amanda Anisimova, who beat her.

The comeback Tour continues at the WTA 250 event in Hua Hin as she looks to play as many matches as possible before some of the bigger tournaments roll around in March, and that's why she signed up to play in Thailand.

The draw was kind, giving her a player ranked way outside of the Top 100, but it wasn't an easy match. Taking on a native player was a tricky affair, as she found herself struggling to match the energy Lanlana Tararudee brought to the match.

The Thai player jumped out to an early lead and maintained her pressure on Badosa to win the opening set 6-3. The second set opened with an early break for Badosa, but her opponent pulled it back and also wasted two break points to go up.

Eventually, Badosa stabilized towards the end of the set, taking it 6-4, and that's when things started to turn. The former world no. 2 continued to play really well as her opponent faltered, which created chances for her.

She would take those channels to take a lead, which she would make for the rest of the final set. Ultimately, the final score was 3-6 6-4 6-1 for the Spaniard, who will remain in the draw and hopeful of a good run.

It was a very complicated match, but Badosa found her tennis towards the end of the match and cruised after that. It's a good comeback win but also a reminder that she's far from her best tennis. Up next is Diana Shnaider who bested the top seed Magda Linette.


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