Paula Badosa left it all on the court in a passionate run to the final four at home in Madrid

In 2015 at the age of 17 the Spaniard born in New York, Paula Badosa made her Madrid Open debut at her home tournament.

It wasn’t a debut to remember for Paula who retired down 0-3 to Sara Errani with an injury! The following year and at a set each the wildcard retired injured at 2-2 against Alize Cornet.

In 2017 and 2018 the Spaniard lost in the first round of qualifying and didn’t play the last edition in 2019.

This year the 23 year old has had a good start on clay, Paula made the final four in Charleston having beaten world number one Ash Barty and at the end of last year made the fourth round at Roland Garros on her debut in Paris.

In Madrid with a smaller than usual sized crowd but a noisy one nonetheless saw the best run of the Spaniards career and what a place to do it!

Her first win on home soil came on Thursday last week against Krejickova, another win followed on the weekend against Jill Tiechmann. One of the matches of the tournament followed as the Spaniard stormed past Anastasia Sevastova.

Down a set and going into a second set tie-break the run was potentially minutes from ending but she won the tie-break 7-3 and then dominated from there sealing a massive win against Sevastova winning the third set 6-0.

After two big battles from a set down the Spaniard’s fine form continue with another strong performance to take out the 8th seed Belinda Bencic in two sets before setting up a meeting with the world number one, Ash Barty.

Ash’ form right now is off the charts, there is no one in women’s tennis who is as consistent as she is and is a delight to watch. What makes her a great champion is even when she isn’t at her very best she still digs it out.

Paula did put up a good fight but Ash had too much and was soo strong behind her forehand winning 6-4 6-3 against the only Spaniard left in the draw.

It has been a very good year for so far for Paula who will be hoping to kick on over the coming weeks, Paula’s run to the final four in Madrid will see her ranking boost on Monday to a career high of around 42 in the world and a gradual increase will see the 23 year old in more big events going forward.

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