Paula Badosa reached her new career-high ranking of No. 2 this Monday and she already has her eyes set on the top ranking. Even though is Badosa is ranked at No. 2, there is a big point difference between her and world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.
Swiatek leads the way with 7181 points, while Badosa has collected 5045 points. Swiatek isn't competing in Madrid as she pulled out due to a shoulder injury. When asked about what it would take for her to overtake Swiatek, Badosa jokingly remarked she will need more Swiatek withdrawals.
"She's winning every tournament, so I feel very far," Badosa said with a smile, per the WTA website. "She has to retire in a few [more tournaments]. It's far, but it's nice that I'm No.2. Let's see in a few months if I can fight for that position.
"But even being in this position is already a privilege. Let's see. Maybe I'll have to wait until next year, because this year is going to be complicated."
Badosa determined for more success
Badosa hopes to achieve two major goals this year - win a maiden Grand Slam and reach the No.
1 ranking. "I always want more," Badosa said. "I remember talking with my coach and asking, 'Can I be happy [one] day and enjoy it?! For at least one week?!' Because I always want more and more and more.
And now this and then it's not enough. But I think it's part of the personality of every player. It's not only me. When you are playing at this level, everyone is very competitive. I'm trying to enjoy it a little bit for one hour a day.
"I just try to stay calm and to enjoy where I am because in my case, it has been a very tough journey. I'm still young because I was Top 10 at 23. Still, it has been a very long one and I've been through a lot, so I want to try to enjoy it.
We only live once, and maybe I'm not here anymore in a few years. You never know, so I want to enjoy this moment."