Paula Badosa is a Spanish professional tennis player and a former world-ranked number two player.
Name: Paula Badosa
Born: November 15, 1997
Turned Pro: 2015
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Born in Manhattan, New York to Spanish parents in November of 1997, Badosa’s family moved to Barcelona when she was seven where she began to play tennis at the local tennis club.
As a junior, Badosa would taste success at the 2015 French Open, beating Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the girls’ singles at Roland Garros.
Winning her first title on the ITF Women's Circuit in November 2013 in Sant Jordi, Badosa would have to wait until the Open de Valencia for her next title, defeating fellow Spaniard Aliona Bolsova in the final.
Badosa would make her senior Grand Slam debut at the 2019 Australian Open but she suffered a first-round exit at the hands of Kimberly Birrell.
In 2020, Badosa would achieve her first senior Grand Slam win, defeating qualifier Johanna Larsson in the first round before losing to world No. 7, Petra Kvitová in the second round.
Later that same year Badosa would give the best Grand Slam performance of her career to that point as the Spaniard reached the last 16 of the French Open. An opening-round win over Kateryna Kozlova was followed by back-to-back wins against former Grand Slam champions Sloane Stephens and Jeļena Ostapenko before suffering a straight sets defeat to Laura Siegemund in the fourth round.
Badosa would go even better at the 2021 edition of Roland Garros, making it all the way to the quarter-finals thanks to wins over Lauren Davis, Danka Kovinić, Ana Bogdan and Markéta Vondroušová. Tamara Zidanšek would prove a step too far in the quarter-finals, but signs of Badosa’s progress were there for all to see.
On 17 October 2021, Badosa picked up the first WTA 1000 title of her career thanks to a thrilling three-hour victory over Victoria Azarenka at Indian Wells.
Her progress would continue into 2022 with more solid performances including reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open, winning her third career title in Sydney and semi-final runs at Indian Wells and the Stuttgart Open rising to her highest world ranking of number 2.
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