Paula Badosa, former world number 2: “I want to go back to where I was”


The Spanish Paula Badosaremoved this Monday from WTA 1,000 in Madrid when falling before the Greek Maria Sakkarilooked for the positive side of the experience lived in Magic Box this season, and appreciates the good games played and the positive sensations as he tries to be “as little self-destructive as possible”.

The former world number two explained that he wants to “get back to where I am because I feel like I belong there” and stressed that he is “on the right track” even if he doesn’t reach the quarterfinals.

“I want to return to where I am. Be among the best because I feel that I belong to that level. I have to recover many things because it has been a difficult year. Try to be as less self-destructive as possible,” said by Badosa.

“She has played solid, she has played very well, she has served very well and I have not felt with the best sensations and with a ‘top ten’ if you are not at the high minimum it is difficult”, Paula Badosa valued from the beginning. “It’s a bit windy, some balls go in one day and others don’t. Subconsciously I wanted to push more and I don’t usually miss that much.”

The Spaniard, despite the defeat, left Madrid with positive feelings towards the tournament in Rome and Roland Garros, his next challenges. “I’m going well. I’m in a process. I’ve been doing a month since the gravel tour started, I enjoy on the track and that’s valuable. I’m leaving with good games, with good feelings, a good game against Coco Gauff, last week was the same, annoyed with today’s game and I just have to watch Roma and Paris”.

“I do have positive feelings, although before starting the tournament I felt good. I’m on the right track but it’s not easy to reach the WTA 1,000 and suddenly win. I’m leaving safe with a pass, motivated and with a lot of desire “, emphasis.

“I rate myself with a good; it could be better and it could be worse. The management this week has been good. Now I don’t see things as positive that in half an hour, I am competitive and ambitious and I want to see it in perspective, where I come from Now, from where I come from, from below, it is positive and it adds to me. Now everything that playing and competing adds a lot,” he insisted.

“On a mental level, I’m fine, I’m competing and fighting, tennis-wise, I’m making changes and that’s why sometimes I’m a little out of control. I’ll go with that line first in today,” said the Spaniard who was feeling disappointed with the loss against Sakkari.

“I’m upset but I’m learning to manage it. I fell fast and I don’t believe in myself anymore. I’ve been suffering from this for a year and I’m slowly trying to see things from a distance. I try not to change my thoughts too much because every week you lose and if you left alone with that in the end it would be a life without living”, he said.

“I always believe that we have to improve. I am working mentally more than anything for myself, not so much for tennis, but for being happy,” concluded the Spanish tennis player.

Source: La Verdad


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