World No. 8 Paula Badosa revealed she is a big Simona Halep admirer and she would love to play the Romanian in 2022. Badosa enjoyed a breakout 2021 season, while Halep has been one of the best players on the Tour for over the past several years.
"I would love to play against Halep, I have admired her very much, I like her very complete style of play. I don't think we look alike playing very much but I am very attracted to the style she has, it goes far beyond being defensive or aggressive.
She has both, so I would love to face her to see how she does it," Badosa told Punto de Break, as revealed on Sportskeeda. Badosa recently revealed at the start of the season she told her coach she would be thrilled if she managed to finish the season ranked inside the top-30.
"Physically I have gone up a lot, there was a lot of room for improvement, I would also wear a 7.5 or 8. But where I have improved the most is mentally, this year I think I won very hard matches," Badosa noted.
Badosa took a huge leap in 2021
Badosa won her maiden Masters title this year, debuted at the WTA Finals and broke into the top-10.
"I came out of very complicated situations, that reflects that I have taken a step forward when it comes to trusting myself. Here I would put a little more, an 8.5, the outstanding I still haven't arrived. My goal next season is to improve these grades, then the ranking will be a consequence," Badosa said.
Badosa's next goal is to try to win a Grand Slam. "I'm going to try. I am training, giving my one hundred percent because my goal is to reach the latter stage in the big tournaments and at the Grand Slams. My goal now is to go to Australia and do my best. Win the maximum matches," Badosa said.