It was debut and farewell for Nadia Podoroska in her first tournament in 2021. Argentina, 47th in the world ranking, was eliminated this Thursday in the first round of the WTA 500 Abu Dhabi against the Spanish Sara sorribes (66th), losing by a double 6-3.
“I did not feel competitive. It was very difficult and I was never able to get into the game. But this is just beginning, “said the Rosario tennis player after the game, who this season seeks to confirm the good form she showed at the end of 2020.
The Small -which has among its priorities this year the Tokyo Olympics, for which it is already classified- did a great preseason job in Alicante, the Spanish city where it has been based for two years. In any case, the results of that work, for now, will have to wait.
2020 marked a before and after in Podoroska’s career. In particular, those little more than two weeks that he lived at Roland Garros, where he started in qualifying, accumulated victories -some against opponents of great weight, such as the quarterfinal against Elina Svitolina (5th) – and became the first player in the history of the tournament to reach the semifinals (she lost to the Polish Iga Swiatek, then champion) after overcoming the classification.
The Abu Dhabi WTA 500, which takes place on an open-air fast surface and opens the 2021 season of the women’s circuit, is endowed with $ 565,000 in prizes.
(With information from AFP)