Rebeka Masarova gave the surprise in the longest and most exciting match of the women’s team on the first day of the US Open. Born 22 years ago of a Slovak father and a Spanish mother in Basel, the city where they also gave birth to Roger Federer, was a junior champion at Roland Garros in 2016 representing Switzerland. But since 2018 he has been training in Barcelona, under Pipo Maresma, and playing for Spain. This Monday she exploited all her potential as a great server and powerful player (she measures 1.86) to beat the experienced Romanian Ana Bogdan (28 years old and 102nd) in three exciting tiebreaks by 6-7 (9), 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (9) in three hours and 40 minutes.
Masarova’s was one of the great stories of the day, and her adventure will continue on Wednesday against a posh rival, the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Rebeka could not contain neither the emotion nor the tears for a triumph that gives her a boost that could be definitive to her career, because at this time he had had to score points from the depths of the ITF circuit to reach the preview of the New York tournament and stand for the first time and at the first attempt in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
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👏 Congratulations! Masarova wins in her debut in the final draw pic.twitter.com/zyFwuAMvXM
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His debut could not be better, although it is true that he could have suffered less if he had known how to close a first set that he had dominated or take advantage of one of the two match balls he had with 5-4 in the third sleeve. Although more could not be asked in a debut. He dispatched 12 aces with 71% of points won with firsts for a total of 52 winners and only 28 unforced errors in a long exchange game. His patience paid off but it also caused him some trouble against a Bogdan who fought back and counterattacked very well.
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