Paula Badosa on Winning the Indian Wells: Nothing is Impossible

Monday, 18-October-2021 23:00

Spain women's tennis player Paula Badosa at the French Open 2020.
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Spain women's tennis player Paula Badosa at the French Open 2020.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Paula Badosa says she has never lost faith in this roller-coaster year, as she celebrates winning the biggest title of her career with a 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-6(2) victory over Victoria Azarenka in the final of the Indian Wells, on Sunday local time.

The 23-year-old has had to overcome injuries and mental health problems in recent seasons. She had a rocky start to 2021, having become the only Australian Open player to test positive for COVID-19 ahead of a Grand Slam.

Badosa's game has improved since then, and she beat French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber, and world number eight Ons Jabeur to reach the Indian Wells final, where she beat former number one Azarenka.

"The first thing I learned this week is that nothing is impossible. If you fight, if you work, after many years, you can achieve anything," Badosa told reporters, as quoted by Reuters on Monday (10/18/2021).

"And to dream. Sometimes you have hard times. In my case, I've been through tough times. I never stop dreaming. It keeps me working hard and believing until the very last moment. Today is the same, I very proud of that."

With this result, Badosa will move her position towards the top 13 in the world.

“You know I had a roller-coaster year, disappointment and everything. But after everything I've been through in my life, it wasn't a disappointment," added Badosa.

"That's the good part. When you suffer a lot, when you are young, when you have a little disappointment, you don't feel it that way. So that's a good part of what happened.

Furthermore, Badosa is determined to secure a place at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara next month, as reported by Antara.

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