Gauff's Grueling Defeat: Badosa Stamps Authority in Madrid Clash

Gauff's Grueling Defeat: Badosa Stamps Authority in Madrid Clash

by Balasz Virag

Last updated

Coco Gauff won't make it past the third round at the 2023 Madrid Open as she lost to Paula Badosa.

The two seeded players, who both certainly had high ambitions met already in the third round and ahead of their match, the H2H on the WTA Tour spoke in favour of the home crowd favourite who defeated the young American in two of their three previous meetings.

Their last match took place in San Jose last year, and players exchanged compliments after the meeting as Badosa said that 'Gauff has everything to become a great champion'. In Madrid, the Spaniard had everything in her hands to stop the American from becoming a champion there.

In the past editions, Gauff played only four matches in the Spanish capital and lost on two occasions, while Badosa is the semifinalist in the 2021 event and wanted to repeat the same feat also this year after losing already in the second round in 2022.

The Spanish star needed a good result in front of the home fans and it showed. She flew off the blocks and never looked back after breaking twice in the first five games, in which every saw one of the players having a break point.

After that, everything became calmer as both players held their service games and the scoreboard showed 4-3 for Badosa with one-break advantage. But since then, Gauff's number on the scoreboard wouldn't change.

Badosa won the following two games to win the first set 6-3 and she continued to dominate also in the second set. The Spanish crowd supported their player and she rode on that wave of support, breaking Gauff in each of her service games, while holding comfortably.

After only an hour and 12 minutes, Badosa crushed the young American 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the fourth round of the 2023 Madrid Open, where she will await the winner of the match between the ninth-seeded Maria Sakkari and Rebeka Masarova.


You may also like