Semi final time in Guadalajara starting with this exciting looking all Spanish semi. Two time Grand Slam champ Garbine facing Paula Badosa who is having her best season on Tour in 2021. I don’t mean to get ahead of myself here but Garbine just played her best match of the year here. Unassumingly dominant was Muguruza she never gave a break away the entire match against a player in such great form having won in California just a month ago. Padosa went into this match the fresher of the two as she played in the afternoon on Monday against Swiatek as Garbine worked graveyard with Kontaveit. Garbine didn’t show it though.
Watch the serve on 1-0(30-30). She served at 58% first serve to Padosa’s 65% but boy did she make the most of the second serve winning 67% of her second serve points. After gaining the break early she never let up. Garbine’s point construction on point. Check out 2-1(15-0). In a baseline battle the player who loses the point is almost always the player who is deep(a meter or so away from the baseline) because she opens up the court for the opponent to angle in a winner. Padosa’s first serving did carry her through to win 3 games in the first set with special impetus on the wide serve to Garbine’s backhand on the ad court ala 4-2(30-15). For Garbine it was down the T like at 4-3(30-15). Both players trying wisely to limit the length of the points.6-3 Muguruza first set breaking the Padosa serve again to seal it. Some forehand winner at 5-3(15-40).
Paula started the second set pretty rotten by losing serve in her very first game at 1-0. At 30-40 she was pummeled from the baseline with groundstrokes but showed the glimpse of the player that made to number 10 this year with the backhand winner of the match. Flat low whilst slightly off balance. What a peach. She tried her damnedest to hold on to serve maybe sensing the importance of that second game but all to no avail. The match ended with Muguruza getting as much as 11 break points but only converting 3 to show the stubborn resolve of Padosa. 2-0 Muguruza was probably Padosa’s best chance to break back at last getting the better of Garbine from the baseline but Chicago champ Garbine held on. At least Paula made Garbine work for it by forcing her to serve it out. Watch 5-2(15-0). Paula hit the ball better in the second set. Muguruza through to the final to face Sakkari conqueror Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday night to close out a crazy season in which new stars have emerged with no one player dominating the Slams.