"Even with 10 more Slams, she’ll be the same person": Badosa reflects on friendship with Sabalenka following French Open defeat

Saturday, 01 June 2024 at 20:00
Paula Badosa (No. 139) praised her friend Aryna Sabalenka (No. 2), saying that even if the Belarusian wins 10 more Grand Slams, she will remain the same honest and charismatic person. Sabalenka defeated her friend Badosa 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round of the French Open.
Despite not achieving the result she hoped for, Paula Badosa did not hesitate to praise Sabalenka for her off-court personality. The Spanish player also commented on how she deals with frustration after a loss and mentioned her upcoming mixed doubles match with her boyfriend, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Badosa praises Sabalenka despite defeat

Unfortunately for Badosa, her journey at the French Open ended in the third round. She secured victories against players having a great 2024, such as 26th seed Katie Boulter and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. The former world No. 2 faced Sabalenka in the third round, but will rise 23 places in the rankings to world No. 116 after Roland Garros.
It was the third time this year that she faced her friend Sabalenka, who extended their head-to-head record to 5-2. Beyond the match, Badosa highlighted Sabalenka's personality in the press conference: “I think she shows that she's such a natural, honest person. I think tennis needs players like her. Also, she brings an amazing game on court, very intense. She's passionate. I think we need players with this kind of charisma,” Badosa said.
“She’s fun to watch. Off court, she's a nice person, very genuine, always trying to help. I think players that are so good in their sport and they’re, like, very normal and very humble, I think that's the most important and the most inspiring. That's why I think we have this amazing relationship, because even if she wins 10 more slams, she's going to be the same person,” she added.

“Maybe the toughest part of this sport”

A journalist asked Badosa how she manages to move on quickly after such a tough game, considering that she is still in the mixed doubles main draw and had to play a few hours later (although the match was later rescheduled for Sunday): “How do you manage to turn the page so quickly after such a tough game like today?” the journalist asked.
“It's part of tennis. We're used to it. We have been doing it since we were young. It's not easy, of course, but we are so used to falling and we have to stand up every single day, and I think that's maybe the toughest part of this sport. Also, I will try to enjoy it. It's an opportunity. It's a beautiful opportunity also sharing the court with someone you love” Badosa saiPaula
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Paula Badosa and Steganos Tsitsipas in 2023
"Also, I just remind myself that last year in this situation I was on the sofa, watching the tournament on TV. So being here, I'm grateful for that. Today I had the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the world on Philippe Chatrier. I think I have to be grateful for that after what I went through. I will try to turn the page as soon as possible because it's worth it,” she concluded.

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