Badosa Finds Solace and Determination Amidst Miami Open Exit

Badosa Finds Solace and Determination Amidst Miami Open Exit

Paula Badosa’s Miami Open journey may have ended prematurely, but the former world No. 2 is finding solace and determination as she prepares for the upcoming European clay-court season.

After a disappointing withdrawal from Indian Wells due to injury, Badosa took to social media to express her frustration and resilience. “One day I’ll be smiling on a court again,” she wrote. “Thanks for the nice messages. And for the negativity also, you make me stronger.”

In Miami, Badosa showcased her fighting spirit by defeating Simona Halep in the Romanian’s return match. However, her emotional second-round encounter with Aryna Sabalenka, who was playing for the first time since her ex-boyfriend’s tragic passing, ended in a 6-4, 6-3 loss.

Despite the setback, Badosa remained positive. “Three weeks ago, I was on a sofa without knowing when I would be able to play again,” she said. “After that, for the first time, I was able to play for eight days in a row since almost a year. I’m happy and proud of it.”

“I know my level is far, but the fact that I’m on a court, it’s a win. Step by step.”

Badosa, a three-time WTA title winner, will now shift her focus to the clay-court season, where she is scheduled to compete in Charleston before heading to Europe. Last year, she reached the quarterfinals in Charleston before falling to Jessica Pegula.

As she embarks on this new chapter, Badosa is determined to overcome her injury woes and regain her top form. Her resilience and unwavering spirit will undoubtedly serve her well as she aims to make a strong impact on the clay.