Simona Halep brought back some of her Madrid magic on Saturday afternoon, once again advancing to the Mutua Madrid Open Round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over No.2 seed and Spanish hope Paula Badosa.
Former World No.1 Halep, who won the Madrid title back-to-back in 2016 and 2017 and has reached the final two additional times, emerged victorious in her first meeting with surging Badosa after 1 hour and 16 minutes of play.
Sizzling Simona: With her latest victory in the Spanish capital, Halep moves into the Mutua Madrid Open Round of 16 for the seventh time out of her 11 main-draw appearances at the event.
Halep is up to 29 main-draw match-wins at the Mutua Madrid Open throughout her career. The only tournaments at which Halep has accumulated more match-wins in her career are the Australian Open and Roland Garros, with 31 match-wins apiece at each of those events.
Halep has discussed her enhanced aggressive play under new coach Patrick Mouratoglou, and she showed it against Badosa, who hit her new career-high ranking of World No.2 on Monday. Halep had 21 winners to 14 unforced errors during the clash.
One year ago, Badosa broke through on home soil with a run to the Madrid semifinals as a 62nd-ranked qualifier, and has quickly rise to the top of the game since then. However, Badosa was unable to get past Halep on this day, going just 1-for-7 on break points.
More to come…