Madrid Open semifinalist Paula Badosa will play veteran German Andrea Petkovic in the first round of the 2021 Belgrade Open on Sunday, May 16. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Andrea Petkovic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Andrea Petkovic Head to Head
This will be a first meeting of any kind between 42nd ranked Paula Badosa and Andrea Petkovic ranked 107 in the world.
Badosa Makes History in Madrid
It has been a whirlwind last few weeks for Paula Badosa. The Spanish woman has put together a tremendous run of form in both Charleston and Madrid to peak at a career-high ranking of World No. 42.
Both runs have come at the expense of Badosa defying the odds and pulling off the most impressive wins of her short career.
On the green clay of Charleston, Badosa shocked former top 10 player Belinda Bencic, and World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty en route to the last four. Her performances in South Carolina tempted the Madrid Open organizers to hand her wildcard entrant at her home torunament. And Badosa grabbed the opportunity with both her hands.
Badosa made sure her stay in the Spanish capital would last for pretty much the entire week. She became the first Spanish woman to make the semifinal at Caja Magica, beating Belinda Bencic for the second time before losing to Barty.
Petkovic Continues to Play Limited Schedule
Andrea Petkovic made it abundantly clear not long ago that her playing days are almost up. So far it has been a teaser, as the German continues to pick up her racket and compete on the main tour.
Having been ranked as high as World No. 9 in her playing career which is nearing two decades, Petkovic has fallen down the pecking order in the previous years due to a succession of injuries and inconsistency.
Petkovic last played a full schedule in 2019, the same year her knee injuries picked up again. In 2020, she decided to undergo another surgery which saw her miss almost the entire calendar. She only returned to play at the French Open where she was beaten in the first round by Tsvetana Pironkova.
She has won two main draw matches in 2021, but none of those have come on clay. Can she register an upset over Paula Badosa on Sunday?
Badosa v Petkovic Prediction and Tip
Badosa is in the form of her life right now, and it would be a seismic shock if she falls here against an opponent who has become estranged from winning tennis matches of late.