The Spaniard Paula Badosa lost this Saturday 6-2 and 6-4 against the Russian Daria Kasatkina
Kasatkina revalidated the victory she had against Badosa in Rome last May and will play the final in San José
The Russian Darya Kasatkinanumber 12 in the world rankings, beat the Spaniards 6-2 and 6-4 on Saturday Paul Badosaworld number 4, and denied him the ticket to the tournament final WTA 500 in San José (California, United States).
Kasatkina revalidated the victory he had won against Badosa in Rome last May and will play the final in San José against the American Shelby Rogers, winner this Saturday against the Russian Speedwell Kudermetova.
Badosawho had not reached the semi-finals since last April in Stuttgart, went in one hour and 22 minutes to Kasatkina after a tournament in which they defeated, based on feedback, the Americans Elizabeth Man there coconut Gauff.
The 24-year-old Spanish player had beaten Kasatkina on fast surfaces in Sydney at the start of the year, en route to the title, but this time he came up against the solidity of his rival and retired without being able to impose his game.
The Russian reached her first final of the year after falling in all four semi-finals so far.
started with authority Kasatkina and broke serve twice Badosawithout conceding any chance of “break”, to win the first set 6-2.
The Spaniard was only able to win 50% of the points with the first serve and these difficulties ended up being decisive in her loss.
After coming back from a 3-5 deficit in the deciding set against Man, Badosa tried to react in the second set, but the illusion of the early break (2-0) only lasted a few minutes.
Both players began to noticeably struggle to hold onto their respective serves and traded breaks, but it was eventually Kasatkina succeed in taking a step forward and thwarting the return attempts of Badosa.
He made the decisive ‘break’ with 4-4 on the scoreboard and canceled three break points with 5-4 to protect his ticket to this Sunday’s final against Shelby rogerafter an hour and 22 minutes of argument.
rogerwho on her way to the semi-finals had beaten the Greek maria Sakkarifirst favorite, White Andreescu there Amanda Anisimovabeat the Russian 6-3 and 6-4 Speedwell Kudermetova and qualified for the third final of her career on the WTA circuit.
roger there Kasatkina They are tied head-to-head in previous clashes, with the Russian who won this year at Roland-Garros, and the American who triumphed in 2017 in Miami.
Badosa will participate again next week in the Toronto tournament, where she will make her debut directly in the second round against the winner of the match between the Kazakhs Yulia Putintseva (n.42) and the Canadian Katherine Sebov (#296).
The Spaniard continues to post brilliant numbers this season, in which she has won 29 games, and since 2021 she is the third player with the most wins, behind the Pole. Iga Swiatekworld number 1, and the Tunisian ons Jabernumber 5.