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“The key is to be very kind to myself. I have been struggling with the opposite and I am trying to improve and always send positive messages no matter what. I think I did very well in the first round. I am making progress in that regard. For me, that is more important than a victory.” said Paula Badosa after beating Slovenian Juvan at Roland Garros on Thursday.

This Saturday (around 3:00 p.m., Eurosport), he plays, again at the Suzanne Lenglen, against Veronika Kudermetova, a 25-year-old Russian and 22nd in the worldwho dominates her head-to-head 3-2, although in their last two clashes, this year at the WTA 1,000 in Indian Wells and Madrid, the Spanish won easily and in two sets.

“Sometimes I don’t want to complain or be so emotional on the track, but sometimes I need it to give it my all and make an effort,” says Paulawho has lived in a pressure situation for a long time, because she went from giving surprises on the circuit (when she beat the then number one, Ashleigh Barty, in Charleston), to being ‘forced’ to win because she is now one of the favorites. In training, he is showing it, and he tries to transfer that work to the games. And there are tennis players who are stomping. On Friday, Coco Gauff (18 years old) and Leylah Fernández (19) advanced to the second round by taking down Bencic (25th and 14th) and Kanepi (36).