SportsAlcaraz gets oily, Badosa gets muddy

    Alcaraz gets oily, Badosa gets muddy

    Badosa laments during the match against Martic.
    Badosa laments during the match against Martic.Sarah Stier (AFP)

    After an abrasive start, blissfully hot and blissfully humid in New York, the weather softens in Flushing Meadows, although there really is no respite here. This is the first week of a big one, so you know: nobody gives anything away, everything is dizzying. Time makes the performance of tennis players a little more bearable, yes, but the slightest mistake costs the skid. It is suffered by Paula Badosa, who cannot escape the negative spiral in which she entered in the spring and leaves New York, her New York because she is a New Yorker from the cradle, empty and again with a bad taste in her mouth .

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    She was pushed out of the way by Petra Martic (6-7(5), 6-1 and 6-2 in favor of the Croatian, after 2h 06) and the bad fate in House continues, because Badosa has not managed to cross the second round of the tournament on any of the four occasions that it has visited: first in 2019 and 2020, and second last year and now too. Fortune is elusive in this major for her, who started the year at full capacity and has been decompressing, losing physical and mental spark; consequently competitive. The Sydney trophy in January is far away, and this Thursday’s setback adds questions to the final stretch of the season, with the November Masters Cup at risk.

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    Badosa is the current number four in the world –she rose to number two in April–, but she has lost her way in the annual race and those behind are coming strong. She is eighth in the Race, which marks the cut, and those from behind come like beasts. His name disappears from the main draw and it is confirmed once again that, like New York, this is the jungle. There are already five players installed in the top ten of the world list who have fallen early: Anett Konteveit (2nd), Maria Sakkari (3rd), Simona Halep (7th) and Daria Kasatkina (9th) also gave way.

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    The day starts crooked in a Spanish key, but then Carlos Alcaraz intervenes and that spectacular repertoire and that Arthur Ashe likes so much. Before the Williams parade down there and turn everything upside down again, the Murcian (19 years old) applies himself from start to finish against Federico Coria, whom he dispatches with effort, but not with complications. Superb approach at the net: 49 approaches, 38 hits. He just looks ahead. In the next season, the Spaniard (6-2, 6-1 and 7-5, in 2h 10m) will face the American Jeson Brooksby, executioner of Borna Coric.

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