“I want to be a fighter no matter what” Injury concerns for Paula Badosa ahead of her quarter-final clash at the Miami Open 2022

Despite a straight-set win to enter the quarter-finals, Paula Badosa talks about her difficulty in playing raising concerns about her match fitness.

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa

World No. 6 Paula Badosa is into the quarter-finals of the Miami Open 2022 after the Spaniard got the better of 16-year old Linda Fruhvirtova in their 4th round clash. Badosa won the match 6-2, 6-3 to end the teenager’s dream run. It was Paula’s third straight-set win this week in Miami as she reaches the last-8 of the tournament for the first time in her career.

Paula is now into her third quarter-final of the season as she won the title in Sydney in January and made it to the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Open 2022 during her title defence that was halted by eventual runner-up Maria Sakkari. With back-to-back WTA-1000 tournaments, Paula has brought her form of Indian Wells to Miami as well.

While the scorecard against Linda suggests an easy win for the Spaniard, it was not as the player later revealed that she had faced discomfort when she woke up in the morning. She was however adamant to play and risked it during the match through which she emerged victoriously.

“Today was a very tough day for me. I didn’t wake up feeling very well so I didn’t know if I would be able to finish the match. I always say I want to be a fighter no matter what so that’s what I did today. I kept fighting and I don’t really know how I won. But I’m very happy,” said Paula during her press conference after her win.

Paula Badosa to break into the Top-3 after Miami

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa

With her run to the last-8, Paula is guaranteed to be ranked inside the Top-3 of the rankings when they are updated next week after the Miami Open finals are played out. She can rise up to World No. 2 as well but she would need to reach the finals for that. It won’t be an easy task however as she now takes on first-time Miami quarter-finalist Jessica Pegula in what will be their first meeting on the Tour.

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