Paula Badosa, 24, admitted everything was new to her over this season but now she is more used to the biggest stage and she is hoping that will help her a lot in 2022.
Badosa, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 10 in the world, lost to Garbine Muguruza 6-3 6-3 in the semifinal at the WTA Finals.
Last month, Badosa captured her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells.
Badosa won her opening two group stage matches at the WTA Finals before losing her final group stage match.
In the semifinal, Muguruza used all of her experience to beat Badosa.
“It was very new for me, all these situations, being in these rounds, playing in front of a lot of people. Everything was really big at the beginning of the season, having these results. I think now I quite feel it’s more normal and I’m getting used to it. I think that will help me for next year as well if I want to do big things,” Badosa said, per the WTA website.
Badosa beaten by her idol Muguruza
“She is a player who has always been a mirror in which to look at myself,” Badosa said of Muguruza at the start of the tournament. “She broke all the stereotypes. Such a dynamic and aggressive game was not common in Spanish tennis.
“She is tall, different, my favorite. She has a game that I loved when I was growing up. I have always said that I would like to go where she has arrived. I am getting closer to her level and it’s an honor to have two Spanish women here.”
Muguruza made a fast start to the match, breaking Badosa twice to comfortably win the first set.
After winning the first set, Muguruza broke Badosa in the second game of the second set and never looked back to book a straight-set win.