Paula Badosa (10th) started her year in an unimaginable way: she was one of the affected passengers on the flight to Australia, had to remain in strict quarantine for 21 days and said goodbye to the first Grand slam of the season at its premiere. A nightmare from which he was soon able to wake up. Over the months, she won two titles, reached her best position in the ranking and classified the Finals as one of the eight best tennis players of the year.
One of the first experiences of Paula Badosa dealing with pressure was after succeeding in Roland Garros Jr. 2015. The expectations that were placed on her were so great that her health problems began to manifest themselves on the tennis courts. Later, when the situation stabilized, the New York-born was able to advance within the women’s circuit.
In 2021, another adverse situation prevailed in the career of the Spanish. After playing his first tournament of the year in Abu dhabi, embarked on the ocean tour with the misfortune of integrating one of the flights with positive cases of COVID-19. Five days later, she too tested positive and the course of her plans in Australia Complete change. She had to go through a strict 21-day quarantine before going out to compete against players who had been able to train regularly.
That experience was transformative for what came later in Paula’s career. He resumed the tour and began to reap the semifinals in Lyon, Charleston and Madrid. Then came the first title in Belgrade, the best result in tournaments of Grand slam thanks to the quarterfinals in Roland Garros and participation in Olympic Games. An upward curve that peaked at the renowned Indian wells. That victory allowed him to rise in the ranking to reach his best historical position in the Top 10 and, furthermore, classify the Finals on Guadalajara as one of the eight best players of the year.