Spain’s world number 44 Paula Badosa will meet Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu who is ranked 179th in the second round of the 2021 Belgrade Open on Tuesday, May 18. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Mihaela Buzarnescu match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Mihaela Buzarnescu Head to Head
The Romanian has a 2-1 lead over the Spaniard. Buzarnescu won their first encounter in Westende in 2015 and the last one in Getxo in 2017. Badosa registered her only win over Buzarnescu in Rio in 2016. All three of those contests were three-set affairs.
Badosa Knocks Out Petkovic
Fourth seed Paula Badosa advanced to the second round in Belgrade after she defeated Germany’s Andrea Petkovic in the first round on Sunday.
The Spaniard, who reached her first WTA 1000 semifinal in Madrid two weeks ago, needed just an hour and 20 minutes to beat the German 6-2, 6-3.
The World No. 44 saved 3 of 4 break points and converted 5 of 12 on her way to a dominating win.
The 23-year-old, who is yet to reach a final, comes into the tournament on the back of successive semifinal appearances. She defeated top seed Ash Barty and fifth seed Belinda Bencic en route to the final four in Charleston, where she was beaten by eventual champion Veronika Kudermetova.
Badosa beat Bencic again in Madrid to reach the semis, but couldn’t find a way past Barty in the final four.
She had also reached the semifinals of the Lyon Open earlier this year, falling to Denmark’s Clara Tauson in straight sets. Can she go the distance here?
Buzarnescu Edges Past Tig
Facing Badosa in the next round will be Romanian left-hander Mihaela Buzarnescu, who ousted compatriot Patricia Maria Tig in the first round on Sunday. The 33-year-old improved to 7-10 from all competitions this year with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 come-from-behind victory.
Buzarnescu saved 11 of 15 break points and converted 6 of 13 to win the gruelling contest in two hour and 50 minutes.
This was only the second main draw win for Buzarnescu this year; she had earlier beaten CoCo Vandeweghe in the first round in Guadalajara, which was also a three-set affair.
The Romanian is a three-time WTA finalist, having won her only title in San Jose in 2018 and finishing runner-up in Hobart and Prague the same year.
Paula Badosa v Mihaela Buzarnescu Prediction and Tip
Badosa has displayed solid form of late and the Spaniard will be the favourite to win this contest. Buzarnescu has done well in qualifying for events this year but has not had much success in the main draws. Expect the Spaniard to win in straight sets and draw level in the head-to-head rivalry.