Arruabarrena found herself having to make another comeback on Thursday against Paolini, as the Italian got ahead to an early break and built up a 5-2 lead, but the former champion rallied to record a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory in an hour and 19 minutes.
“She actually started playing really well, hitting super hard and putting all of the balls in,” Arruabarrena said. “I just accepted that, and I was playing solid myself. In the end, I managed to turn it around and win again.”
The win improves on Arruabarrena’s stellar here here, now owning a 22-5 main draw win-loss record.
But despite Arruabarrena’s history, it was Paolini who started out the match firmly in control as the Spaniard struggled to get off of the ground. She got off to a strong start with an early break at 2-0, consolidating for a 3-0 lead. A couple of loose errors allowed Arruabarrena to strike back at 3-2, but Paolini reestablished her lead a game later and powered ahead to a 5-2 lead, looking ready to close in on the set.