She is not comparing to Kenin. And for the rankings wise I’ve seen worse from Shuai Zhang.
Not that the fake news is related to Badosa's situation.
Shuai's last ITF event was a $100k in Kazakstan July 2017, which she won defeating Bonaventure in the final. Shuai was ranked around 30 at the time.
She played a $100k in Tokyo in Nov 2016.
Shuai did play a $25k in the US as her only event between AO and IW in Feb 2016. She was ranked around 130 when entering and the number 2 seed Jess "Go Bills" Pegula was ranked around 168.
The 2016 AO was the event where she was about to retire and open up a cafe but then had her famous run from qualifying through to the best 8.
It's highly unlikely that any ITF challenger doles out appearance fees. And it's even less likely that the organisers expect throngs of Japanese people to queue up for tickets to see Badosa play. Most of them would have not even heard of her yet.
They don't, they are run by volunteers and a few of the $25k events in Japan were only possible through crowd funding. But who would have thought that one of the top WTA players would one week play in a $8.5m event, then head to a small resort town in rural Japan to play a $25k event on Omni.
Full credit to Badosa she is playing in promotional events and signing autographs for her small thong of fans, a day or two after the typhoon.
Who will Badosa be facing in Round 1 MD?
These are the remaining qualifiers after round 1 Q, and on Wednesday, one of these lucky players will get to play a top 100 WTA player on Wednesday.
Mua SHIGETA* high school player unranked
Ayaka OKUNO* highest ranked player out of the remaining qualifiers at 780
Haruka TOMINAGA* high school player unranked
It may not be that easy for Badosa.
Makinohara gets a lot of wind and in autumn this can cause leaf blow problems.
The Omni carpet surface is not that even with some balls skidding and some balls bouncing
I don't know all of the players but there a few of the qualifiers that if they have a good day could give Badosa a good test.