Paula Badosa showed major respect and appreciation for Garbine Muguruza and highlighted that the two-time Grand Slam champion has "earned the right" to do whatever she wants with her career. Muguruza, a former world No 1, went 12-17 in 2022 and she also started the 2023 season with a 0-4 record.
In early February, 30-year-old Muguruza took an abrupt break from tennis and she hasn't played since. Muguruza hasn't retired from pro tennis but recently hinted that she may not return to pro tennis. During the Billie Jean King Cup Finals weekend in Seville, 25-year-old Spanish star Badosa addressed Muguruza's absence and future.
Badosa: Muguruza has earned the right to do whatever she wants
“Garbine Muguruza's (absence) makes me very sad because for me she has been a reference. I loved how she played (in the Billie Jean King Cup) and I wanted to be like her.
I would really like her to be here now, with us (at the Billie Jean King Cup), because I think we could do anything with a team like that, but things are what they are. I see she’s very happy and enjoying herself, something that didn't happen when she played.
In the end, she is a player who has achieved absolutely everything, the best Spanish player along with Arantxa Sanchez Vicario and Conchita Martinez, so she has earned the right to do whatever she wants," Badosa told El Pais.
Last month, former world No 1 Muguruza shared some details about her life since taking a break from tennis. In the interview, the two-time Grand Slam champion seemingly hinted that not returning to tennis is a real possibility.
“Tennis has no place in my routine. I still pay attention to my peers, from time to time I can play but not intensely, more for fun," Muguruza recently told Women's Health Magazine.