World No. 6 Paula Badosa woke up feeling unwell and she wasn't sure whether she would be able to finish her Miami round-of-16 meeting. Badosa, seeded at No. 5, managed to overcome the illness as she saw off Linda Fruhvirtova 6-2 6-3 to progress into the Miami quarterfinal.
It was the first meeting between Badosa and 16-year-old Fruhvirtova. "Today was a very tough day for me," Badosa admitted after the match, per the WTA Tour website. "I didn't wake up feeling very well so I didn't know if I would be able to finish the match.
I always say I want to be a fighter no matter what so that's what I did today. I kept fighting and I don't really know how I won. But I'm very happy."
Badosa routinely handled Fruhvirtova
Fruhvirtova came out firing and started putting pressure on Badosa early on but the Spaniard managed to save four break points in the second game of the first set.
After saving four break points, Badosa earned the first break of the match in the third game. It didn't take long for Badosa to collect another break as the Spaniard brokenthe Czech again in the fifth game and led 5-1 through the opening six games of the match.
Fruhvirtova served out the seventh game to end Badosa's five-game run but the Spaniard routinely served out for the first set in the eighth game. After easily losing the first set, Fruhvirtova made a good start to the second set as she broke Badosa in the second game to take an early 2-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Fruhvirtova, her lead was short-lived as Badosa responded with back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row to overturn the deficit and take a 4-2 lead in the second set. Fruhvirtova ended Badosa's four-game run by serving out the seventh game but the Spaniard earned her fifth break of the match in the ninth game to seal a straight-set win. Badosa will be fighting against Jessica Pegula for a place in the Miami semifinal.