Paula Badosa explains what changes when you get to top

World No. 8 Paula Badosa acknowledged she fought hard to get to the top and now she is eager to find a way to stay at the top. 

“Yes, of course. And it is not that they study you anymore. You are in the spotlight. Now everyone wants to beat you. Tennis players play with less pressure against you and you play with the obligation to win. It is delicate, but in the world of tennis there is always something. When you are 70th in the world you fight to be at the top, and when you are at the top you fight to stay. You set yourself a constant challenge. But that’s the beauty of this sport,” Badosa told Eurosport Espana. 

Indian Wells Masters champion Badosa skipped the Billie Jean King Cup Finals so she could focus on the WTA Finals. 

Badosa ended runner-up at the WTA FInals. 

“It was a shame because I was also very eager. But it was not possible, nor did the ITF make it easy for me to go. I had no other choice. They were two different continents, surface area, height, climate… everything was totally different and I needed days of preparation, especially in my first WTA Finals,” Badosa explained. 

Badosa shows respect for Carla Suarez Navarro

Suarez Navarro said goodbye to tennis at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals. 

Totally, because with Carla I have a very good relationship and a very great affection. I couldn’t enjoy another week together after the Olympics, where we were very close. Not being able to accompany her on her farewell tasted bad,” Badosa admitted.

Badosa lost in the Australian Open first round last year and now she is determined to have a better campaign at Melbourne Park. 

“Yes, a little yes. I didn’t have a good time last year. I wish I could have left with another taste in my mouth, because it was very hard. Now I arrive in a different way, I start the year with another ranking as well, I hope that helps me and I have a different confidence,” Badosa said.

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