Badosa shares deep feelings for Sabalenka and Jabeur

The Spaniard analyzed her friendship with the Belarusian and with the Tunisian

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Badosa shares deep feelings for Sabalenka and Jabeur
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In a video published on YouTube, Paola Badosa gave an interesting interview to the Georgy Tennis channel, in which she spoke about many topics. One of which concerns the Spaniard's friendship with Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur. Badosa emphasized how their friendship is real and very pure.

"I feel like it's very important. It's a very pure relationship that we have between us and it's very real. Even if we are competitors in the end, we will compete for 2 hours and then we will know how to separate things. It's nice to have this support. We spend many weeks together, more than with our families. We know what we are going through because we are tennis players.  We can empathize with each other. It's great to have these girls because they are good people, not just great athletes. It's a great inspiration for me to have them by my side... sometimes it's difficult to get involved with each other. But we know how to separate ourselves... we're very competitive. I like that moment, when we just compete. We know that at that moment we will be opponents, but then we know how to separate them. Being able to do that is a sign of being very intelligent and intelligent," explained Badosa.

Also in the recent interview with Georgy Tennis, Paula confessed what her hopes are in view of the Roland Garros and her long-term goal, also talking about the expectations with which she started her career and commenting on Garbine Muguruza and Dominic Thiem's retirement.

“I always give my 100% on the court, and that's what I want to show to the whole world, that no matter how I play that day, I will fight until the end. It was complicated. It was in Rome a year ago when I got the stress fracture, it was a very, very long process, very tough mentally. I finally feel healthy, obviously I won't always be 100%, but now I can compete. My body still has to get used to the pace. Two months ago it would have been impossible to play four games in a row. Right now, to be completely honest, my back has to respond. Sometimes I feel the pain after four games in a row and it's not great. I want to play matches like the one against Coco Gauff in Rome, even if they are exciting and tough, I live for it. I have this personality and I want to be among the best in the world again, that's why I play tennis.

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

I don't want to be where I am now, I want to continue enjoying the competition, but win as many games as possible and be at the top. Roland Garros has always been a special tournament for me, I like playing on clay, I feel quite good. It always depends a bit on the draw, you never know, but I think if I'm healthy and train well these days, I can play against anyone. There were a lot of expectations on me, especially in Spain, where they expected me to be the next Top 10, the next star, but I wasn't mentally prepared to face all this. I suffered a lot for two years, I remember that I was in a very dark moment where I couldn't see the light. Thanks to this I am the person I am today, the fighter I am, this has made me stronger," she told. 

The Spanish tennis player concluded by talking about the retirements of Muguruza and Thiem.

"I was very sad when I saw the news because Muguruza was an example for me, I have always admired her, I love her way of playing and it is incredible what she has done for Spanish tennis, winning Grand Slams and being the first in the world. It was something great for our country, after Conchita and Arantxa. She was a great inspiration for me, I had the opportunity to play with her and train with her. Unfortunately I think she retired at a very young age, but it's her decision and she deserves to be happy.

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

After achieving so much in tennis, it was important to be happy in my private life. Sport is very emotional, mentally it's brutal, it pushes you to the limit. I too have been through a lot this year and I couldn't see the light. I didn't know what to do, I was lost and I understand the feeling of not finding solutions. Seeing yourself so low after being at the top is not easy, you have to be very strong mentally. The love for the sport is what keeps me competing,” she added.

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