Paula Badosa and Varvara Gracheva will go head to head in the second round of the 2021 US Open on Thursday, September 2. Get the live streaming options of this Paula Badosa v Varvara Gracheva match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Paula Badosa v Varvara Gracheva Head to Head
The head to head tally is tied at 1-1. They met as recently as the Charleston Open earlier this season where the Spaniard defeated Gracheva 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.
Badosa Enjoying her Career-Best Season
23-year-old Paula Badosa started the season as World No. 70 but now the fact that she is ranking at the #26 spot tells us scores about the kind of year she has had so far.
She won her first singles title in the Serbia Open, in addition to reaching the quarterfinal in the French Open, Cincinnati Open, and Summer Olympics. Badosa was also a semifinalist in the Madrid Open and had a fourth-round stint in the Wimbledon Championships. In the process, the number 24 seed defeated the likes of Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic, Ashleigh Barty, and Aryna Sabalenka.
Clearly, Badosa is a player to be taken seriously – also made evident by her opening-round win over Alison Van Uytvanck in the US Open. She defeated the Belgian 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 20 minutes, committing just 11 unnecessary errors and striking 26 winners.
Interestingly, this is the first time that Badosa has made it this far in the US Open and by the looks of it, she is well on track to go further.
Gracheva Survives Diaz
21-year-old Varvara Gracheva had to work a bit more than her Spanish adversary to reach the second round in New York.
Facing Nuria Párrizas Díaz of Spain, the Russian had to fight for two hours and 22 minutes to take the game 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. It wasn’t an entirely clinical performance by Gracheva, who made as many as 45 unforced errors and won just 66% of her first service points.
But a win is a win and now, she turns her focus to an opponent to whom she has already fallen just a few months back.
That said, Gracheva did travel to New York following her best singles performance on the tour in 2021. The World No. 82 last played in the Chicago Ladies Open where she moved past the likes of Tamara Zidansek, Ana Bogdan, and Marta Kostyuk to reach the semis.
Badosa v Gracheva Prediction and Tip
Given Badosa’s overall season and recent form, anything but a win for her is simply unacceptable. Expect the Spaniard to maintain her hold over Gracheva in this second round encounter.