Indian Wells, Sharapova, world No 2: Everything you always wanted to know about Paula Badosa (but never had time to find out) – updated with 2023 season end
Paula Badosa is a Spanish player who has already been ranked as high as No 2 on the WTA Tour. Here are answers to some common questions you may have about her
Who is Paula Badosa?
Badosa is a Spanish tennis player who competes on the professional women’s circuit. She was born on November 15, 1997. She has a career-best ranking of No 2.
Why did Paula Badosa withdraw from the 2023 US Open?
Paula Badosa withdrew from the 2023 US Open, where she was due to face wild card Venus Williams in the first round, due to a back problem. She confirmed at the same time that she would not be competing again until 2024, writing on social media: “After struggling for many months to compete again, I am ending my season.”
What did Paula Badosa do in 2021?
Badosa became a WTA 1000 Series champion after winning the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Oct. 17, 2021. The Spaniard beat Victoria Azarenka in a third-set tiebreaker to cap off one of the most entertaining matches of the year.
It had already been an outstanding season for Badosa. At the Madrid Open she advanced to her first WTA 1000 Series semi-final and has become the first Spanish woman to reach the last four in the tournament history, after wins over No 8 seed Belinda Bencic. In April she defeated world No 1 Ashleigh Barty and fifth seed Bencic at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston to reach the semi-finals — where she was defeated by eventual champion Veronika Kudermetova. She also reached the semi-finals at the WTA event in Lyon earlier in 2021.
Why is Badosa often compared to Maria Sharapova?
Badosa grew up idolizing five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova and has often been compared to the former world No 1 due to the similarities in their appearances as well as their playing style.
Badosa has spoken about how living up to the expectations of being the next Sharapova had impacted her game and confidence early on in her career.
“Everyone thinks that I would be a top 10 player at 18 years,” she said. “But I was not prepared or aware either. Some unreal expectations came up and then I lost. I had to be on the sidelines to improve and be happy. I was depressed and nervous. Then I looked for Xavi Budo, who changed my life.”
Who are Paula Badosa’s parents?
Badosa was born to mother, Mireia Gibert Baró and father, Josep Badosa Codolar, in New York. Both her parents worked as fashion models. She moved to Spain when she was seven.
How tall is Paula Badosa?
According to her WTA profile, Badosa is 5ft 11in (1.80 m).
Was Paula Badosa a successful junior?
Badosa won the 2015 Roland-Garros girls’ singles title by defeating Anna Kalinskaya in the final. She peaked at No 8 in the ITF junior rankings the same year.
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What is Badosa’s highest ranking?
Her highest ranking is No 2, which she reached in April 2022. Her current ranking, ranking history, and other info are available on her WTA Tour profile page.
How much prize money has she won in his career?
The Spaniard has won a little more than $5.2 million in career prize money. You can find her updated prize money stats on her WTA profile page.
Who is her coach?
Badosa is currently coahced by Jorge Garcia. She was previously coached by Javier Martí, a former ATP player.
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What is Badosa’s best performance at a Grand Slam?
Badosa reached the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros in 2021. She has also reached the fourth round at the Australian Open (2022) and Wimbledon (2021).
Is she active on social media?
Badosa has an Instagram account, where she is followed by more than 634,000 followers, as of December, 2022. She is also on Twitter (more than 122,000 followers), and on Facebook (more than 115,000 followers).
Who is Paula Badosa’s boyfriend?
Paula Badosa’s boyfriend is fellow tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas. The two announced their relationship in June 2023 with a variety of posts on social media – including changing their Spotify profile pictures to selfies with each other. They then launched a shared Instagram account, describing themselves in their bio as “best friends and soulmates”.