In June 2015, Paula Badosa won the Junior Girls title down at Roland Garros. Having made the fourth roundest year the Spaniard has gone one better this year and will be back in action on Tuesday in the quarter finals for the first time extending her winning run from Serbia to Paris to nine on the bounce.
In 2015 to make the final she defeated the top seed Marketa Vondrousova, other recognisable names in that draw were Sofia Kenin, CiCi Bellis and Katie Swan. In the final of the Girls event Paula defeated Anna Kalinskaya who took out qualifier Bianca Andreescu in the first round.
Six years on, Kenin and Bianca are major champions and Badosa and Vondrousova met again for a place in the final eight.
I thought the Spaniard got it spot on, it felt like an all or nothing approach and it worked. Paula ended the match with 30 winners to 30 unforced errors knowing she had to go big to see of Marketa. The Czech of course was runner-up a couple of years ago here in France but has the tendency to go a little wild on her groundstrokes.
It was gutsy, Badosa trailed 1-3 in the first and at 5-4 and serving for it fought off double break point before sealing the opener 6-4.
The 20th seed responded well, she broke serve at 3-2 and this time kept up the pace and closed it out without a question asked.
After such a good turnaround from Vondrousova it was surprising to see the match completely get away from her. Badosa as we saw against Ana Bogdan knows how to dig deep saving a match point the other night and once she edged ahead in the set that was that.
Leading 2-0 it continued on serve until at 4-2 where another break of serve would come to seal the win and a place in the final eight for the very first time.
Not only has Paula extended her winning run to 9 in a row but has now won 17 of her 19 matches on the clay this season!