“I Get Too Negative”: Paula Badosa Reveals How She Overcame Adversities to Win Indian Wells 2021

Published 10/18/2021, 7:06 AM EDT
Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) serves as she defeated Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the womenÕs final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


23-year-old Spaniard Paula Badosa registered her biggest career win to lift the Indian Wells title, defeating two-time champion Victoria Azarenka. Coming this far was not easy for her; she dealt with many adversities and injuries throughout this season. But she came back every time and made a remarkable statement with her tennis. Now, having clinched the title in the desert, the Spaniard reflected on her journey so far.

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Fascinatingly, Badosa had only recently split with her previous coach and was coming back from a shoulder injury in Indian Wells. Moreover, she revealed that she was also sick during the first week of the tournament. At that time, both her boyfriend and new coach supported her, and she came through it finally.

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Paula Badosa on her journey till Indian Wells 2021 victory

Firstly, Badosa admitted that she had a decent US Open swing, but her US Open second-round loss laid heavily on her. Hence, she told her boyfriend, Juan Betancourt, “I’m a little bit scared of what could happen here and everything.”

In response, her boyfriend told her to believe she could do well in Indian Wells, but the Spaniard had her doubts. And sickness too.

“I was sick as well, so I couldn’t practice or a lot of things in my mind,” Badosa added in her interview with WTA Insider.

Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) reacts after winning a point as she defeated Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the womenÕs final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Furthermore, the 23-year-old mentioned how her relationship with her new coach made everything alright. Badosa admitted to having a “very good mindset” with him and that “he did an amazing job.”

“We were working very hard, but then when he saw me a little bit stressed, he was like, ‘OK, this afternoon you’re going to go shopping.’ Try to disconnect and be a little bit happy outside because sometimes I get too negative and very worried before the tournaments,” the Spaniard said.

Conclusively, Badosa said that she puts a lot of pressure on herself, and therefore, the key for her is to find that balance. And she confirmed that she found it with her team.

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What’s next for Badosa after her Indian Wells success?

Courtesy of her first WTA 1000 title in Indian Wells, Badosa has jumped to the eighth position in WTA Finals Race. Hence, from here on, she would aim to keep that spot or improve to qualify for the year-ending championships in Mexico.

Oct 17, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Paula Badosa (ESP) reacts after winning a point as she defeated Victoria Azarenka (BLR) in the womenÕs final of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully, the Spaniard will keep on her winning ways and delight tennis fans with her explosive gameplay. Let’s see what’s left in stock for her in the 2021 season.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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