It’s a personal Grand Slam best as a pro for Paula Badosa…
Six years after winning the French Open as a junior, the 23-year-old Spanish tennis player outlasted Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at Roland Garros on Sunday to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
“I’ve always liked dreaming big,” said Badosa after her win.
Badosa fell into a seeded position, at No.33, at Roland Garros when Alison Riske withdrew from the draw, but anyone who has followed the tour from week-to-week would have circled her name regardless.
Back on her favorite surface, Badosa came into Paris with the highest clay winning percentage on tour, at 86.7% (13-2). Her four wins and Paris brings that tally to 89.4%.
Badosa had been building a steady head of steam all season. She took her momentum from 2020 Roland Garros, where she notched just her second and third Top 50 wins, over Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko, to make her first Slam Round of 16.
Badosa then went on a string of notable semifinal runs.
- In Lyon, her first of the season.
- In Charleston, her first at the WTA 500 level, with a first win against a Top 20 player (Belinda Bencic) and first over a reigning No.1 (Ashleigh Barty).
- In Madrid, her first at the WTA 1000 level.
And to add one more career milestone to the list, in Belgrade, where she captured her first WTA title.
As a result, Badosa rose from No.71 at the start of the clay season to No. 35 ahead of the French Open.
Badosa will next face Tamara Zidansek for a spot in the final four.