Spanish tennis star Paula Badosa revealed at the start of the season she doubted she could finish the season ranked inside the top-30.
Badosa, 23, is now enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world.
Badosa was ranked at No. 26 before winning the Indian Wells Masters last month.
Following her Indian Wells victory, Badosa rose to a career-high ranking of No. 13.
Badosa hasn’t played since Indian Wells but still she continued her rankings improvement.
During her pre-tournament interview in Guadajalara, Badosa said, per WTA Insider: “My coach after Abu Dhabi, my first tournament, he said, ‘You keep playing like this, for sure you’re going to get the Top 30.’ I was like, ‘That’s impossible to finish Top 30. Top 50? I [would] sign here.’”
Badosa feels she has the level to beat top players
After winning the Indian Wells Masters, Badosa was asked if she felt like a world No. 13 player or like a top-10 player.
“Look, I have to be honest, I don’t know if I feel it, but I’ve been winning a lot of good matches this year and a lot of Top 20s, a lot of Top 10 players as well,” Badosa explained.
“As I said, I have a very good relationship with almost all of them. So we practice a lot and a lot of them are Top 10 players starting with Ons, Barbora, Pliskova, Petra Kvitova. So I’m practicing with all these players and on the practice, I saw that the level was very similar. So my team was like, ‘OK, you’re there, you just need just one tournament’ or something. It just happened here.
“But yeah, I feel I’m on that level, Top 10 or Top 15.”
Badosa skipped the Billie Jean King Cup last week to focus on her preparation for the WTA Finals.
It remains to be seen how far can Badosa go in her WTA Finals debut.