Spanish World No.8 Paula Badosa put up a prank on her doubles partner, Belarusian World No.4 Aryna Sabalenka inside a restaurant at Guadalajara with a fake birthday celebration including Birthday Cake and balloons.
The video was posted by Badosa herself via Instagram where we could see Sabalenka was surprised with an unexpected twist in a normal going team dinner. Sabalenka confirmed the same by posting an Instagram story saying that her birthday is actually in May and there will be a reverse prank on Badosa soon.
“I would say she’s like my soulmate on the tour, I found that she’s pretty similar to me; we have the same character and reactions to things. If you look at her, you might think that she’s standoffish or self-involved, but she’s so different in reality!” Sabalenka reflected on her friendship with Padosa in the US Open 2022.
24-year-old Paula Badosa and Aryna Sabalenka – Partners on the court, Friends off the court
The 24-year-old tennis players from Spain and Belarus became friends lately from the Miami open 2022 where they both agreed to play doubles together. Their first face-off in singles was in the Western and Southern Open, Cincinnati 2021 which was won by the Belarusian Sabalenka 5-7, 6-2,7-6(4).
Both players have had a career-high ranking of 2. Badosa has won 1 ATP title in singles this season with a win-loss record of 31-20. She was not able to go past Round 4 in any of the grand slam tournaments this year. Sabalenka is yet to win a singles title this season with a win-loss record of 30-19. She reached the Semi-finals of the US Open where she lost in 3 sets to the eventual champion, World No.1 Iga Swiatek.
They played against each other thrice and 2 of the matches played on hard courts were won by Sabalenka and the other one played on clay courts was won by Badosa who is coming from the Clay God‘s own country.
They have played together in the doubles format in 3 tournaments starting from Miami Open 2022 but haven’t gone past Round 2 in any of the tournaments. The last match they played together was against Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula in Madrid Open and lost in straight sets.
Vipul Payattuparambil hails from Thiruvilwamala(Thrissur), Kerala(India). Besides being a Software Engineer by profession, he works at Firstsportz as a Tennis Writer. Sports are a part of his family culture, so he enjoys tennis, football, and cricket as much as his father. Rafael Nadal has been his role model since 2005, and he was fortunate enough to meet his idol once in Mallorca. Engaging in sports debates and reading sports journals are some of his favorite pastimes. As he sees it, sports should eventually unite people, like a handshake after a match between rivals.
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