Paula Badosa 'happy and proud' of progress she is making in life, career

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Paula Badosa 'happy and proud' of progress she is making in life, career

World No. 6 Paula Badosa dropped a total of three games against Martina Trevisan but afterwards insisted the Italian was a tricky opponent. Badosa, seeded at No. 8, saw off world No. 111 Trevisan 6-0 6-3 to safely progress into the Australian Open third round.

"It was a tricky match against Martina," said Badosa, per the WTA website. "We know each other since a long time. She's a fighter. I knew she was going to make me play every point, she was going to fight until the end.

I'm pretty happy about the win today. "I think I'm growing as a person, as a tennis player day by day. I'm working very hard. I'm believing in myself. It's much different. Last year I was No.70 in the world.

Now I'm No.6. I'm improving a lot. I'm really happy and proud of how I am working."

Badosa cruised past Trevisan

Badosa made an outstanding start to the match, having broken Trevisan three times to seal the opener in style.

After getting bageled in the first set, Trevisan saved three break points in the opening game of the second set to get on the board. However, it didn't lead to a comeback as Badosa broke Trevisan in the fifth and ninth game to book a straight-set win.

Badosa, 24, is through to the Australian Open third round for the first time in her career. Badosa plays next against Marta Kostyuk. "We've been friends since a long time ago, as well," Badosa said of Kostyuk.

"She's a very talented player. When they ask me who can be the next star, I always say Marta. She has a lot of potential. She's always a dangerous player. I will have to play my best because I know she likes these kind of matches and she will play her best next day."