Paula Badosa shares when she made first tennis steps, what she instantly felt

Badosa, 25, accomplished her dream of becoming a tennis player and today she is a tennis star.

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Paula Badosa shares when she made first tennis steps, what she instantly felt
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Paula Badosa reveals she picked up a racket for the first time at the age of 7 and instantly felt playing tennis was something "very easy" for her. At that moment, Badosa knew she wanted to be a pro tennis player one day and didn't even think about trying herself in other sports.

Today, 25-year-old Badosa is a tennis star and has accomplished some pretty notable things in the game. Badosa, who has been ranked as high as No 2, has three titles in her collection and her biggest win came in 2021 Indian Wells, when she won her first WTA 1000 title.

“I started playing tennis when I was 7 years old, I felt that it was very easy for me. At that moment I saw that I was good at it, so from that moment on I didn't even try to practice other sports, I focused entirely on tennis, it was like love at first sight," Badosa said in an interview with the WTA.

Badosa went through a hardship before really making it in tennis

After a promising junior career, Badosa turned pro in 2015. Four years later, Badosa broke into the top-100 for the first time in her career. But before breaking into the top-100, Badosa went through a hardship and experienced financial struggles.

“I know how tough it is to be a professional tennis player and how expensive it is. It’s not for everyone. I come from a very humble family. I have always been very independent. I never wanted them to help me. When I was 15, I started to deal with my own financial part and started to learn from it as well.

I was struggling with expenses, I was doing it on my own. I didn’t want them to carry that weight on their shoulders. Those first years before I broke into the top 100, I was stressed and worried about it because I was doing it by myself," Badosa said in the same interview.

So far in her career, Badosa has netted $5,855,451 in tournament prize money. Meanwhile, Badosa hasn't played since Wimbledon due to a back injury. In August, Badosa announced her 2023 season was finished but then revealed she might represent Spain at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Seville next month.

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