Paula Badosa shuts down Iga Swiatek complaint: This is issue? She cannot complain...

Badosa reacts to Swiatek calling out the French Open crowd over their behavior.

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Paula Badosa shuts down Iga Swiatek complaint: This is issue? She cannot complain...
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Paula Badosa appeared to be surprised when told that Iga Swiatek complained about the French Open crowd being too noisy as the Spanish tennis player highlighted that the Pole should not be the one complaining since she never plays on outside court - the courts that tend to be pretty noisy and loud. 

After completing a hard-fought 7-6 (1) 1-6 7-5 win over former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka in the French Open, Swiatek took a moment to address the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier. During her speech, defending French Open champion Swiatek made it clear she felt they were going over the line in certain moments and being disruptive. At the end of her speech, Swiatek said she respected them and expressed hope their relationship would remain good.

On Thursday, former world No. 2 Badosa hit the court for her second-round match against Yulia Putintseva and claimed a 4-6 6-1 7-5 win. In her post-match press conference, the 26-year-old Spaniard was asked to address Swiatek's complaints about the French Open crowd being "too noisy."

“But was this an issue these days? There's been an issue?” Badosa asked the reporter.

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Badosa: Swiatek cannot complain

Since Badosa is no longer one of the top-ranked players in the world, she usually gets to play her Slam matches on outside courts. Since there is a lot of movement around those courts, they are usually the noisiest and loudest ones. 

However, Badosa says she is "fine" with the French Open crowd. 

“I think she cannot complain, because I played Court 8 and 9 and you can hear everything. Like, I can hear Suzanne Lenglen, Philippe Chatrier, Court 6, 7 during the points. I think she's very lucky she can play all the time on Philippe Chatrier and she's okay with that," Badosa explained.

"But I don't mind. As I said, I played in small courts these days, and I was hearing so much noise. In that moment, I'm just so focused on myself and on my match that it doesn't really bother me.

"Honestly, I like when the fans cheer and all this. I think I get pumped. Look, we had a very tough situation years ago when we were playing without fans with the COVID situation, so now, for me, l'm so happy they're back and I think they’re very important for our sport.”

Badosa on playing her best friend Aryna Sabalenka

By beating Putintseva, Badosa set up a third-round showdown versus world No. 2 Sabalenka, who is her best friend. Since Sabalenka is her next opponent, Badosa will certainly get to play her next match on either Court Philippe Chatrier or Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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For Badosa and Sabalenka - both 26 years old - this will be the seventh time that they are facing off against each other. Early in their rivalry, Badosa led 2-0. But since the start of 2022, Sabalenka has won their last four meetings.

Earlier this year, Badosa and Sabalenka played twice against each other - the Belarusian won 6-4 6-3 in Miami and she also won in Stuttgart after the Spaniard retired midway through the third set due to an injury. And heading into their French Open match, Badosa spoke highly of Sabalenka and admitted she is excited about the challenge of facing her best friend but also one of the best players in the game. 

“She has a big personality, good girl, always bringing this good energy, even on court. So you can see a very active, very intense player," Badosa said of facing Sabalenka.

"I'm really looking forward for that match. I think the last time it finished in a sad way, so I learned a lot from that match also. I think it was a very good one from both sides. I know what I'm going to find from her side Saturday. I know how I have to play against her. 

"So, yeah, I think it's going to be fun. Of course sharing the court with her after all these results she's doing and all this is a pleasure for me, because, you know, this past year hasn't been easy. So playing these kind of matches, it makes it all worth it, you know."

Just over a month ago in Stuttgart, Badosa was competing extremely well against Sabalenka and even had a lead before she sustained a left thigh injury. While their Stuttgart match ended in an unfortunate way, it was still something positive for Badosa since she will enter the French Open match knowing she challenge Sabalenka well on clay.

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