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WTA 500: Badosa explosion resounds in Sydney | sports

As if there had been no transition or parenthesis, Paula Badosa has started the year as she closed the previous one, with a smile from ear to ear. The 24-year-old Spaniard continues to discover herself as one of the tennis players with the greatest projection on the circuit and highlighting her progression, verified this Saturday (6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 (4) to Barbora Krejcikova) with the Sydney trophy. It is the third of his career, after those obtained last year in Belgrade and Indian Wells, and propels him to the sixth step of the world list, his best ranking.

Badosa continues on a cloud, rallying like angels and striking from the bottom of the track. This is how she knocked down the Czech Krejcikova, another player who has been raising the level more and more, frustrated this time because whatever she did, whatever she invented, there came the response of the Spanish, who closed the first set with authority and despite deliver the secondbreak against, four games in a row later and a definitive acceleration of the rival to equalize–, he remained firm and ended up prevailing in the final melee.

In the final tiebreaker, he sealed with a powerful backhand and raised the third prize as a professional, the second in importance (WTA 500) after that of Indian Wells (1000) and above that achieved in Belgrade (250). Again, Badosa raised his hand again, to say here I am. The season and the Catalan one take off, directed by Jorge García and which until a couple of years ago I had a foot and a half out of tennis due to depression, plunged into a deep hole, once again emits signals and warns: if it maintains its will, it will be one of the wheels to follow.

The Spanish does not fail in a final, three out of three so far. She surrendered to Krejcikova, champion last year at Roland Garros, whom she had already beaten in the previous two and who faced an opponent who is beginning to dominate long distances. As happened in Indian Wells, against Victoria Azarenka, the Catalan exhibited punch and above all head. She resisted the creativity of the Czech, an expert in opening angles, and the emotional demand of another pulse that was decided to the limit, in that territory that Badosa begins to enjoy and in which the strongest differ.

Extraordinary way, then, to open this 2022 in which he aspires to give a greater bite. Badosa, born in New York, will appear in Melbourne Park as a reality and candidate for the title. Installed a year ago in 71st place on the WTA list, she already shines in the noble zone and in Sydney –only conquered before by Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, in 1998– she has completed an impeccable track against Daria Kasatkina, Belinda Bencic, Jelena Ostapenko and Ajla Tomljanovic, with whom he will meet on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open.

In a fabulous dynamic, he will burst into the first big one by stepping on the accelerator. Without mediocrities or threats, the Spanish is postulated with capital letters.

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