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Ashleigh Barty vs Paula Badosa Odds & Prediction – WTA Madrid Open Semifinals

Stephanie Myles

by Stephanie Myles in Tennis

May 5, 2021 · 11:59 AM PDT

Ashleigh Barty vs Paula Badosa
Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates after defeating Iga Swiatek of Poland during their match at the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Monday, May 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul White)
  • No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty is no surprise in this Madrid Open semifinal; unseeded Paula Badosa certainly is
  • At a career-high No. 62, Badosa needed a wild card into the main draw from her home-country event
  • The 23-year-old is 1-0 vs Barty. We break down the odds of a repeat against the tourney favorite

World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, one of the pre-tournament favorites to win it all, seems to have done the heavy lifting early in her half of the Madrid Open draw.

She defeated 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek (their first meeting) in the third round, and three-time Madrid champion Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals.

Ashleigh Barty vs Paula Badosa Odds

Player Spread Moneyline Total at Bet365
[1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) -4.5 (-150) -450 O 19.5 (-125)
[WC] Paula Badosa (ESP) +4.5 (+110) +333 U 19.5 (-110)

Odds as of May 5

But despite a 15-match winning streak on red clay, Barty can’t afford to relax against the upstart Badosa in Thursday’s semifinals (May 6, not before 7:00 am EDT).

Road for Badosa Filled with Open Doors

The first break for Badosa came with the draw.

In a 64-player draw with no first-round byes, the unseeded wild card could just as easily have run into Barty in the first round. Instead, she drew the solid but beatable Czech Barbora Krejcikova.

The next break came when Swiss lefty Jil Teichmann overcame a 1-5 deficit in the third set to upset No. 4 seed Elina Svitolina.

Badosa got Teichmann coming off that big win and beat her in straight sets.

After beating qualifier Anastasija Sevastova in three sets in the third round, Badosa got another break, in a sense.

Her more accomplished countrywoman, Garbiñe Muguruza, withdrew late from the tournament because of a leg injury, replaced by a lucky loser.

Muguruza has never had great success in Madrid. But she’s having a good season and the intimidation factor would have been significant. Instead, Badosa faced No. 8 seed Belinda Bencic, whose clay-court results are fairly pedestrian. Still, it was a good win.

But now, the wild card has run out of wild cards. She will face the best.

Ashleigh Barty vs Paula Badosa Head-to-Head

Ashleigh Barty
Paula Badosa

25 (April 24, 1996) Age 23 (Nov. 15, 1997)
Ipswich, Australia Birthplace New York, NY
5-5 Height 5-11
11 Career WTA Singles Titles 0
No. 1 (June 24, 2019) Career High Ranking No. 62 (April 12, 2021
No. 1 Current Ranking  No. 62
$18,424,213 Career Prize Money $1,021,010
24-3 2021 Won/Loss record 14-6
4 Career Head-to-Head 2

Barty Pushed to the Limit by Kvitova

The 10th round of the rivalry between Barty and Kvitova was expected to be top-shelf. And it was.

After a torrid start by the Aussie, Kvitova began connecting and in the end, Barty edged her out 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Barty will face an opponent on Thursday who doesn’t bring anywhere close to the same weapons to the court, but who is on a roll.

Badosa Got the First One vs Barty

When Barty arrived in Charleston in early April to play on the “American clay” (the green Har-Tru surface that has some commonality with the red clay), she had just won the Miami Open.

It was a tough week physically and mentally. So she didn’t arrive in Charleston in tip-top form.

But she did manage to reach the quarterfinals before running out of energy against Badosa.

Badosa is fully aware of this.

“I played her in Charleston. I expect a completely different match. She’s the No. 1 in the world. Now she knows me. As I say, No. 1 in the world, they don’t like to make mistakes two times in a row, so for sure I expect a tough match and completely different (than) Charleston,” she said after her victory over Bencic.

The New York City-born Spaniard beat Bencic in Charleston, too.

So maybe she’ll look at that as an omen.

Ashleigh Barty vs Paula Badosa Match History

Year Tournament Surface Score Winner
2021 Charleston (QF) Har-Tru 6-4, 6-3 Badosa

The women only joined the Madrid Open party in 2009. Still, in an era that has included Carla Suárez Navarro and Muguruza, Badosa is the first Spanish woman to reach the semifinals

Barty a Clear Favorite

With Barty on a clay winning streak, and having gotten through two big tests – and now knowing what Badosa brings to the table – you’d expect her to reverse the Charleston result with relative ease. She may well beat the spread (-150 for -4.5 games)

Best Bet: Barty in two sets (-163)

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