Paula Badosa reveals that she would rather win a Grand Slam than reach number 1 in the world ranking. Badosa, 24, achieved a career-high ranking of No. 2 in April. At the Grand Slam level, Badosa only has one quarterfinal. At the 2021 French Open, Badosa made her first Grand Slam quarterfinal before losing to Tamara Zidansek.
«What is clear to me is that I would like to win a Grand Slam much more. But it is choosing how to love mom or dad more. It is a trophy, a moment. Number 1 is not lived so much,» Badosa said on the Spanish radio program The spar.
Badosa where Carlos Alcaraz’s US Open triumph
In September, Badosa witnessed fellow Spaniard Alcaraz become a Grand Slam champion at the US Open. In the US Open final, the 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud to become a Grand Slam champion.
Badosa acknowledged that Alcaraz has been impressive this season, adding that the 19-year-old is also a very sweet person off the pitch. “The level he gave at the US Open is spectacular: how he got to the balls.
He is in the flow. Everything he does is spectacular. But what surprises me the most is how he is as a person: humble. He can be like No. 1 for several years and he’s not even going to look like it,» Badosa explained. Unlike Alcaraz, Badosa did not enjoy a big US Open.
After beating Lesia Tsurenko in the first round of the US Open, Badosa’s streak at Flushing Meadows came to an end in the second round following a loss to Petra Martic. In general, Badosa didn’t really have much success at Grand Slams this year.
At the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Badosa reached the round of 16. At the French Open, Badosa was defeated in the third round. Those results weren’t terrible, but Badosa is a top-5 player and has bigger aspirations than just making her second week at a Grand Slam. Whether Badosa can win a Grand Slam next season remains to be seen.