Struggling Paula Badosa reveals her only wish and makes Rafael Nadal admission

Badosa hasn't had much luck with her health over the last 10 months.

by Dzevad Mesic
Struggling Paula Badosa reveals her only wish and makes Rafael Nadal admission
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Paula Badosa has made a pretty honest confession after her latest bad luck as the Spanish tennis star admits she does not have any major wishes at the moment but just wants to be healthy and able to play again consistently. 

Since sustaining a back injury in 2023 May, 26-year-old Badosa hasn't played much and it has been a struggle for the former world No. 2. After retiring from her Wimbledon second-round match and not playing again in the rest of 2023, Badosa's hope was that she would return fully healthy at the start of 2024.

While Badosa was able to return to make a comeback in early 2024, her injury struggles continued as so far Badosa was forced to retire injured in two matches this year. This week, Badosa came to Indian Wells hoping to play her sixth tournament of the year but she ended up withdrawing just before her opening match. 

“Honestly to be healthy the entire year and to have a constant calendar and consistent one so I can play tournaments as much as I can and of course get back to the top and try to enjoy the sport," Badosa said on the Inside-In podcast.

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Badosa on how Rafael Nadal inspired her to be a fighter

On the same podcast, Badosa reflected on her breakthrough season in 2021 and how her idol and 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal inspired her success. That year, Badosa won her first WTA title in Belgrade before impressively lifting her maiden WTA 1000 title in Indian Wells - Indian Wells was pushed back for October that year due to the pandemic. 

Before a career-best 2021 season, Badosa had a couple of rough seasons as the Spaniard struggled with big expectations and pressure that was placed on her early in her career. 

“I promised myself I was going to fight and be a warrior on court," Badosa said.

 "I think a little bit also having Rafa in our country inspired me a lot, and I started that year [2021] and I said no matter how I feel, no matter how I feel that day, mentally, physically, or how I feel my tennis, I'm going to be there... I’m going to fight."

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After a breakthrough 2021 season, Badosa won her third title next year and also reached a career-high ranking of No. 2.

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