World No. 6 Paula Badosa revealed an illness forced her to retire after just 20 minutes into her Miami Masters quarterfinal against Jessica Pegula. Pegula, seeded at No. 16, had a 4-1 lead in the first set when Badosa decided to retire the match.
Badosa broke Pegula in the opening game of the match but the American responded with back-to-back breaks as she won four consecutive games to take a 4-1 lead. "So sorry I had to retire today. Been struggling with illness since the last match the other day.
Tried everything to recover but wasn’t enough. I’ll take some days to recover well and prepare for clay court season. Thank you," Badosa wrote on Twitter.
Badosa didn't feel well in the round-of-16 either
After handing 16-year-old teenage sensation Linda Fruhvirtova a 6-2 6-3 loss, Badosa admitted she didn't feel well coming into the match.
Still, Badosa decided to play the match and ended up claiming a convincing win. “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”. Even though Badosa didn't win a title during the Sunshine Double, it wasn't a catastrophe since she made two deep runs.
At the Indian Wells Masters, Badosa reached the semifinal before losing to Maria Sakkari. Badosa, who lifted her first Masters title in Indian Wells last year, made it clear her goal was to defend her title in the desert but fell just short.
In Miami, Badosa earned three straight-set wins before she was forced to retire to Pegula. Hopefully Badosa soon recovers and starts her clay season on time.