Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa credits improving her mental game as one of the biggest reasons for her recent success.
Badosa started her rise late in 2021 as she captured the biggest title of her career in October at a WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells.
After winning Indian Wells, Badosa broke into the top-20 for the first time in her career and shortly after debuted in the top-10.
Two weeks ago, Badosa reached a career-high ranking of No. 2.
Now, Badosa is ranked at No. 3.
“I was super negative on myself,” Badosa said, per the WTA Tour website. “I remember it was tough for me. I was getting frustrated very fast because I really wanted to win so badly, so my mental game was weak in that moment. So, yeah, it was a process, me getting older, mature.
“But one day I sat down and I was watching myself, and I didn’t like what I was seeing. I decided that no matter what, I was going to try to fight every point, even if I feel well or bad on court.
“It’s one of the things that I think I changed the most last year. It gave me a lot of matches last year, that big change. I think this year I’m doing quite the same.”
The fame success not changing Badosa
Badosa says she is the same person she was before she became a tennis superstar.
“I think I’m the same or even more humble, because one day you’re on the top and next day you can be outside the Top 100. You never know,” Badosa said.
“I think the key to stay where I am, or a much better ranking, is to stay humble and to work very hard. I think if I play very good on this sport, I’m not better than anyone, you know. I didn’t save a life. I’m not a superhero. I’m just playing good in my job.
“I’m doing my job well, you know? I don’t have to change for that.”
Badosa, 24, is set to make her debut on the clay courts of Rome this week.