American tennis star Jessica Pegula wanted to reach the Miami Masters semifinal but not via a Paula Badosa retirement. Pegula, ranked at No. 21 in the world, opened an early 4-1 lead in the first set before No. 5 seed Badosa retired due to an injury.
It was Badosa actually that made a positive start as she broke Pegula in the opening game of the match. However, Badosa's lead was short-lived as Pegula responded with back-to-back breaks and won four games in a row before the fifth-seeded Spaniard called it a match.
It was the first meeting between Pegula and Badosa. Pegula has wished Badosa a speedy recovery and expressed her hope they would soon meet again. "It's not nice to win like that, I was looking forward to playing her, she has had an amazing year," Pegula said after the match.
"But she wasn't looking well, hopefully we can play again when she is healthy."
Pegula through to her first Miami semifinal
Pegula debuted at the Miami Masters in 2019, when she was beaten in the first round.
Last year, Pegula made her second appearance in Miami as she reached the round-of-16 before losing to Maria Sakkari. Pegula is having quite a campaign in Miami this year as she has reached the semifinal without a dropped set.
After beating Linda Fruhvirtova in the Miami round-of-16, Badosa revealed she wasn't feeling well before the match. “Today was a very tough day for me,” Badosa said after the match. “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”. Unfortunately, what was expected to be a great clash ended with a Badosa retirement. Pegula plays in the semifinal the winner of the match between Iga Swiatek and Petra Kvitova.