Argentine tennis player Nadia Podoroska, 38th in the world ranking, suffered a hard fall by 6-2 and 6-3 in one hour and 24 minutes against the Spanish Paula Badosa (29th) for the second round of Tokyo 2020 and ended his participation in these Olympic Games, at least individually.
The best points of the match were played in the last section, when avoided five consecutive match points and managed to break the serve to the Spanish for the first time in the commitment, to get 2-5. Then he kept his serve and narrowed the deficit to 3-5.
However, Badosa, who ended up demanding more than he had expected to achieve the victory, managed to close the match with a 6-3 in the second set.
“A rather bitter taste, I could not be even close to my level, what I had been playing. Badosa is a very powerful player who did not let me be comfortable. I did very little damage with my serve and that did not let me enter the game; I committed a lot of double faults, “he said after the game.
And I add: “They are a little nerves. In the previous games I was able to let go, not today, a little because of the pressure she put on me. More than anything it was the nerves. In the two previous games I also went from lowest to highest, with great triumphs “
Rosario came from beating Russia’s Yekaterina Aleksandrova 6-1, 6-3 in the second round on Monday, while in the previous phase she had benefited from the abandonment of her rival, Kazakh Yulia Putintseva (35th).
For its part, Badosa is one of the great candidates to fight for a medal. In her match against the Polish Iga Swiatek (8th), winner of Roland Garros in 2020, she did not show signs of pressure and got rid of her in two sets, 6-3 and 7-6 (4).
Despite the defeat, Podoroska has not yet said goodbye to these Olympic Games. It is that, together with Horacio Zeballos, he will face in the debut of the mixed double tournament against the Australian couple composed of the number one in the world in the WTA Ranking, Ashleigh barty, and his partner John peers.
“I still have the mixed double with ‘Onion’, I hope I can take revenge“said Rosario, ready to make the most of the other opportunity presented to her to go in search of a medal.