Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa revealed she was a big afraid of how she would perform at the Indian Wells Masters. Badosa, 23, was afraid she would not do good enough in Indian Wells but her boyfriend was there to encourage her that everything would work out well.
On Sunday, Badosa edged out former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5) 2-6 7-6 (2) to win her maiden Masters title. "I remember flying here and I was on WiFi talking to my boyfriend. I was like, 'I'm a little bit afraid.'
I'm playing well, but I didn't play matches this last month. I had a normal U.S. swing. I won good matches, but then U.S. Open wasn't that good. I'm a little bit scared of what could happen here and everything. It was like that," Badosa told the WTA Tour.
"I was working very hard and he was like, 'You're working very hard but believe that you can do a very good tournament here.' It's like, yes, but and I came out and the week before, I was sick as well, so I couldn't practice or a lot of things in my mind."
Badosa gave credit to her coach
Badosa dropped just two sets in six matches played en route to winning Indian Wells. "But I think I really had a very good mindset here with my coach. He did an amazing job. We were working very hard, but then when he saw me a little bit stressed, he was like, 'OK, this afternoon you're going to go shopping.'
Try to disconnect and to be a little bit happy outside because sometimes I get too negative and very worried before the tournaments. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. So I think with me and my case, the key is to find that balance. I think my team is doing that very well."