Spanish tennis star Garbine Muguruza says she is thrilled for the rise and success of Paula Badosa. Badosa, 24, won her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells last October and shortly after broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career.
Last Monday, Badosa entered the top-5 for the first time in her career. “I feel like it’s great. She’s so talented. Now I think she put the puzzle together, really jumped from one year to another. She always had that tennis in her, it just took her time,” Muguruza said, per Arab News.
“It’s great to have her and to see her around. She’s good competition also. I look forward to sharing more experiences with her, facing her”.
Muguruza happy for the Badosa rise
“Having someone in the tour also from the same country.
I also miss Carla a lot now that she’s gone. Now Paula came to the game. It’s always good,” Muguruza added. “Spain is a country of tennis. I feel like now it’s pretty equal, right? I think men’s were dominating for a while, then women.
Now I feel like both (are on level terms)”. Badosa also made her WTA Finals debut last year. Badosa made the semifinal in Gudajalara before suffering a 6-3 6-3 loss to Muguruza. "I think it's the best match that I played so far here in Guadalajara," Muguruza said after the win.
"It was a tough match facing another Spaniard in the semifinals....We've never faced each other before, so it was tricky. "But I'm very happy that I got the win. Very proud of Paula. She started the year far in the rankings, and now she's a Top 10 player.
Very impressive. She deserves a very well rest. Very happy for her year." Both Badosa and Muguruza are playing this week in Dubai.