World No. 21, and number 20 seed Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic Russia will take on Paula Badosa of Slovenia who is ranked 35th in the fourth round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, June 6. Get the live streaming options of this Marketa Vondrousova v Paula Badosa match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marketa Vondrousova v Paula Badosa Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 21-year old Czech, and Badosa, who is two years older.
Vondrousova Inching Back Towards Best
As a teenager, Vondrousova was as surprise finalist at Roland Garros in 2019, eventually losing to Ashleigh Barty.
She has largely failed to live up to that promise since, but now she will have hopes she can go deep into the tournament again, especially with so many top seeds already having been knocked out.
The Czech began her campaign with a match against Kai Kanepi of Estonia, which was tight for the first two sets before Vondrousova ran away with it in the third, winning it to love.
Next up was a match against the French wildcard, Harmony Tan, the world 149, and she dealt with her challenge easily, dropping just four games to make the third round.
Polona Hercog had sent out both Kiki Bertens and Caroline Garcia to earn her place against Vondrousova, but the Vondrousova was in control from the start, breaking the Slovenian midway through the first set, and then once again, with her own serve barely threatened.
Her dominant position was underpinned by another break early in the second set.
Hercog did have several break point opportunities of her own, could not convert any of them and in the end, Vondrousova sealed the win with her third match point.
Badosa’s Fine Year Continues – Just!
Badosa has already enjoyed a fine few months. The Spaniard reached her first Masters 1000 semi-final in Madrid, won her first senior title at the Serbia Open and now she is into the last 16 of the French Open for the second successive year.
She had beaten Lauren Davis of the USA in the first round, although the second set of that match required a tie-break, and cruised past Danka Kovinic of Montenegro in their second encounter, dropping just two games in the process.
However, she was given a much stiffer examination by the world 102, Ana Bogdan of Romania on Friday evening.
Badosa began well, breaking Bogdan in her opening service game. But she then suffered three successive breaks of her own to hand the first set to the Romanian.
The pair swapped breaks at the start of the second and there were further break points on either side of the net until Bogdan was broken or a second time.
However, she broke back to level and that had a match point against the Spaniard. Badosa saved it and it went to a tie break.
Again, Bogdan had her nose in front at one stage, but two dropped serves handed the advantage back to the Spaniard and the match was level.
Yet again Bogdan appeared in a winning position when she wet a break up in the third, but she could not take advantage and allowed Badosa or break back.
The Romania had three break points in the next game, could not take any of them and paid for that when Bogdan broke her to clinch the match.
It was the only time the Spaniard had led in the entire match.
Vondrousova v Badosa Prediction and Tip
Vondrousova will begin as the favourite, because she has the pedigree of being a previous finalist in Paris and is the higher seeded player. Badosa cannot be discounted, however, because she is in fine form, but much may depend upon how much the match against Bogdan took out of her.