Paula Badosa makes expected decision after early Adelaide loss

Badosa's comeback started with a loss in Adelaide on Monday.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Paula Badosa makes expected decision after early Adelaide loss
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Paula Badosa has been added to the Kooyong Classic player field after losing early in her comeback tournament at the Adelaide International.

Badosa, 26, made her return from a back injury at the Adelaide International this week. Unfortunately for Badosa, her comeback tournament didn't last long as the Spaniard was beaten by Bernarda Pera in the Adelaide first round.

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa© Getty Images Sport - Sarah Reed
 

After losing to Pera in her first official match since Wimbledon, Badosa signed up for the Kooyong Classic - a well-known Australian exhibition tournament. Since Badosa lost early in Adelaide, she was left without a chance to get matches and do good preparation for the Australian Open. When taking that into consideration, Badosa opting to play a match or two in Kooyong is a logical move for the former world No. 2.

Badosa had a good shot at winning her first match back

After Wimbledon, Badosa ended up missing the rest of the 2023 season due to a stress fracture in her back. However, taking a longer time to address her back injury paid off for Badosa, who entered this season fully healthy and ready.

On Monday, Badosa launched her comeback at the Adelaide International. After making a strong start against lucky loser Pera, Badosa didn't manage to close out the match as the American recovered from a set down to win 3-6 6-2 6-3.

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa© Getty Images Sport - Sarah Reed
 

Despite losing the second set, Badosa got off to a strong start to the decider as she claimed an early break and opened a 3-1 lead. But instead of continuing to build momentum and making the most out of her break, Badosa suffered a collapse in her level and intensity as the former world No. 2 lost the next five games and the match.

Now, Badosa will try to get some form and rhythm in Kooyong, but also try to improve and fix certain areas in her game.

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