The world number 71 Paula Badosa will take on American and 118th-ranked Caty McNally in the third round of the 2021 Charleston Open on Thursday, April 8. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Caty McNally match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Caty McNally Head to Head
There have been no previous matches played between Badosa and McNally before this.
Badosa Takes Out Bencic
In recent times, Badosa has dished out some reasonable performances without being too sparkling but there is no doubting her talent.
A fourth round at the French Open last year came close on the heels of the semifinal appearance at the WTA Istanbul where she went down to Eugenie Bouchard and this year, adjusted nicely to the hard court surfaces of Abu Dhabi (where she made the third round) and the Lyon Open (semifinal).
Her best performance of the season, however, came in the previous round here at the Charleston Open as she dumped the world number 12 out of the competition to inch closer to her own career-best ranking of 67. Another win here and she might even be threatening to break into the top 60, having had no points to defend coming into this competition.
Badosa broke Bencic twice in the first set, then came back from 0-2 down in the second to take a 5-3 lead. She then squandered two match-points, was broken back and a couple of further breaks later they were into a tiebreaker.
Bencic proved to be too strong in it but not to be outdone, Badosa raced to a 5-0 lead in the final set before sealing it 6-1. Surely it should get easier from here on against a player ranked outside the top 100?
McNally Skips Past Sevastova
McNally has now taken down two top 50 players in the world and she has herself never been a top 100 player. Starting out against Elena Rybakina in the first round, McNally was up a set when her opponent retired from the match because of an injury.
And in the second round against former world number 11 Sevastova, McNally needed two and a half hours but came through a three-setter to set up this third round meeting with Badosa.
Interestingly, McNally was broken more times than Sevastova in that second round match – outnumbered by six to seven – but that didn’t stop her from winning the match. Twice in the first set, McNally came back from a set down to level the proceedings including once while Sevastova served for the set.
McNally won the tie-breaker easily, but then dropped her serve twice in the second to show signs of capitulation. It looked like Sevastova live up to the bookmakers’ odds when she took a lead on two separate occasions in the final set, only to get broken soon after before McNally wrapped things up for herself.
She will now hope she can test Badosa.
Badosa v McNally Prediction and Tip
Badosa will be our favourite to win this in straight sets. She is 3/5 to win it and 1/1 to do that in two, and we have to go with the former for a risk-free bet.
Tip: Badosa to win in straight sets: 1/1 (bet365)