Paula Badosa has started 2022 with the same force with which she finished last season. The Catalan, 24 years old and who will have her best professional ranking next Monday, has qualified this Friday for the final of the WTA in Sydney. It is the third time in his career that he has planted himself in the final round.
His victim has been the Russian Daria Kasatkina (6-2 and 6-2), who a day before had avoided the fratricidal duel of the ‘Armada’ by eliminating Garbie Muguruza in the quarters.
Badosa, who started the week as ninth on the charts, now passes Iga Swiatek and Maria Sakkari and could also overtake Anett Kontaveit if tomorrow he wins his third professional title. He previously lifted the Belgrade (WTA 250) and Indian Wells (WTA 1,000) trophies.
On Saturday I will have on the other side of the court Barbora Krejcikova, the fourth racket in the world. The Czech ended Kontaveit’s resistance in the first semifinal by 0-6, 6-4 and 7-6 (12). Krejcikova was forced to save up to seven match points against her rival.