World number 39 Barbora Krejcikova faces the 62nd-ranked and Spain’s Paula Badosa in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Thursday, April 29. Get the live streaming options of this Barbora Krejcikova v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Barbora Krejcikova v Paula Badosa Head to Head
Krejcikova and Badosa have never played each other before this.
Krejcikova Surprised at Istanbul
Playing in her first clay court tournament of the season, Krejcikova was first stretched to three sets by Cagla Buyukakcay and then lost in straight sets to Ana Bogdan in the second. This was after Krejcikova was a whopping 1/3 to win that encounter.
Krejcikova is a clay-courter though, having reached the fourth round at the French Open last year and done well on the ITF tour as well.
There, she had made it 19 tournament finals on clay and won 13 of them while also being a finalist at the Nurnberg Open in 2017 – also a competition played on dirt.
The Czech had earlier entered the second WTA final of her career, having done that in Dubai in March before losing to Garbine Muguruza in the title-decider. Straight-set wins over Maria Sakkari, Jelena Ostapenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Potapova and Jil Teichmann meant she would now have the confidence to believe she belongs at this level.
A tricky opponent, however, is up against her first up.
Badosa Coming off Charleston Semifinal
It was her first competition on dirt but Badosa gave no indication of any rustiness as she stormed into the semifinal of the 2020 Charleston Open. Wins over Belinda Bencic and the world number one Ash Barty – the latter been her first over a top-10 player – means she comes into this competition with an excellent rhythm.
Badosa, who has never made it past the opening round here in Madrid, had earlier this season also made the semifinal of the Lyon Open and combined with the Charleston result, it has meant she is now ranked 62nd in the world – her career-best.
Having won two of her seven ITF circuit titles on clay, Badosa has had no issues playing on this surface, and while she is up against an opponent whose form is one to behold too, the Spaniard will feel she can push Krejcikova in this one.
That, incidentally, is reflected in the odds for this match.
Barbora Krejcikova v Paula Badosa Prediction and Tip
Not much to choose between these two players with Krejcikova starting out only a slight favourite at 4/5. Backing Badosa to cause bit of an upset here.
Tip: Badosa to win: 1/1 (bet365)