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May

Badosa conquers Serbia Ladies Open 2021. 

The championship trophy of the first WTA competition in history, which was held in the Serbian capital, went to 23-year-old Paula Badosa Gibert. Throughout the entire competition, where she was the fourth seed she did not lose a single set, and in the very final she competed with the representative of Croatia, Ana Konjuh, who lost the match to the Spaniard 6:2, 2:0 due to injury. Ana reached the finals from the qualifications, but suffered an injury during the semifinals.

Badosa’s appearance, but also her game, reminds of the famous Russian and world tennis champion Maria Sharapova, who was her idol when she was growing up. As a junior in 2015, she won the Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros in Paris. That clay is her favorite surface is also shown by the fact that in 2020 she reached the 4th round in Paris, and at the recently concluded Masters tournament in Madrid she played the semifinals and thus became the first hosts tennis player to go that far in that competition. The first WTA tournament held on the courts of the Novak Tennis Center was perfectly organized despite the rain that caused confusion throughout the competition, but that did not stop the host from keeping everything under control and gaining all the sympathies of the competitors who will fight on Paris clay next week, next to the Boulogne Forest.