Paula Badosa has been one of the most spoken about players in the WTA circuit from when she made it to world no. 2 in April last year. However, over the last 12 months, injuries and below-par performances have come in the way of the very promising talent pushing her down to 33 in the world.
The start of 2023 was no different for the Spaniard as she pulled out of two events which included the Australian Open and lost 4 first-round matches which included the Indian Wells and Miami. However, post-Miami Badosa has shown considerable improvement as she made quarter-final appearances and looked solid in the ongoing Madrid Open before going down to Maria Sakkari in the 3rd Round.
After her thumping win over American sensation Coco Gauff in which she humbled her opponent in straight sets 6-3, 6-0, she faced Maria Sakkari in the 3rd Round of the Madrid Open. Unfortunately, the Spaniard couldn’t come up with another promising performance as she went down 6-4, 6-4 to the Greek and bowed out of the event. However, after the match against Sakkari, Badosa showcased a very positive response to the loss.
“The main thing for me is to continue competing regularly, improving little by little & moving forward in the process. In the long term, I want to return to where I was because I believe that I belong to the group of the best in the world,” said the Spaniard in an interview with Puntodebreak. The former world no. 2 made sure she looks at herself critically but in the most positive manner. She realized that she needs to play a lot of matches to get into the habit of winning and build the much-needed stamina. From here Badosa may play one or two events she lines herself up for the big prize in Paris where would hope to make an impact worth remembering.
A look back at Paula Badosa’s Roland Garros 2022 Campaign
Paula Badosa entered the 2022 Roland Garros as the third-best player in the world behind Iga Swiatek and Barbora Krejcikova. Being one of the top seeds in the tournament it was obvious that there were a lot of expectations from the Spaniard to do well and try and make a deep run at the event. The tournament started in the most ideal fashion for the 3rd seed. She hammered French player Fiona Ferro in the first round 6-2, 6-0. Her second-round battle was with the Slovenian Kaja Juvan.
A high-octane three-set second-round battle meant that it was going to be some hard work for the Spaniard to continue to be 100% fit. She did beat Juvan 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 but it did take a toll on her. This exertion was visible when she took to the court in her 3rd round battle against the 29th seed Russian Veronika Kudermetova. The Russian took the first set 6-3 and just as the crowd was in anticipation of a comeback from Badosa, she looked visibly in pain.
Due to the fatigue, she had done her calf and could not continue any further. Unfortunately, she had to stop the match and couldn’t continue any further. Badosa and her camp would hope for a much-improved performance this time around as the 2023 edition of the clay epitome nears us.
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