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Badosa beats Kvitova to set up Halep showdown

Paula Badosa took down one former champion – Petra Kvitova – on Saturday and will next face another former champion – Simona Halep – for a spot in the quarter-finals

Paula Badosa at Wimbledon 2022 Paula Badosa at Wimbledon 2022 Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

Fourth seeded Paula Badosa advanced to the last 16 of Wimbledon by beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, the No 25 seed, in straight sets at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London on Saturday.

Badosa won 7-5, 7-6 (4) to set up a clash against another former champion, Simona Halep, who won the women’s title in 2019.

The Spaniard has not dropped a set in three matches this week in London, having overcome American qualifier Louisa Chirico (6-2, 6-1) and Romanian Irina Bara (6-3, 6-2) in straight sets earlier this week.

Halep has beaten Badosa in their only previous meeting – winning their round of 32 encounter in Madrid earlier this year in straight sets.

Wimbledon (Grand Slam), third-round matches (All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, grass)

  • Petra Martic beat Jessica Pegula (8): 6-2, 7-6 (5)
  • Alize Cornet beat Iga Swiatek (1): 6-4, 6-2
  • Elena Rybakina (17) beat Qinwen Zheng: 7-6 (4), 7-5
  • Simona Halep beat Magdalena Frech: 6-4, 6-1
  • Amanda Anisimova (20) beat Coco Gauff (11): 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1
  • Harmony Tan beat Katie Boulter (WC): 6-1, 6-1
  • Ajla Tomljanovic beat Barbora Krejcikova (13): 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Caroline Garcia beat Shuai Zhang (33): 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
  • Marie Bouzkova beat Alison Riske (28): 6-2, 6-3
  • Elise Mertens (24) beat Angelique Kerber (15): 6-4, 7-5
  • Tatjana Maria beat Maria Sakkari (5): 6-3, 7-5
  • Ons Jabeur (3) beat Diane Parry: 6-2, 6-3
  • Heather Watson beat Kaja Juvan: 7-6 (6), 6-2
  • Jule Niemeier beat Lesia Tsurenko: 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  • Jelena Ostapenko (12) beat Irina-Camelia Begu: 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
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