Paula Badosa sets out to get physical in 2023

Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa

Paula Badosa has set out her stall to get physically stronger in 2023 as she chases a consistent place among the top five players in the world.

Badosa has been doubling up on her gym sessions in a bid to rise to the physical challenges posed by the tour.

She has targeted this area to improve in as she also addresses the mental fragility Badosa feels has cost her in the past.

Badosa is wary of getting left behind in women’s tennis’ arms race as younger players hit the ball harder and harder it seems.

She points out that the physical side of the game becomes more important as players are more aggressive and a strong power game also allows one to get off court quicker if things are going your way.

“I was really focused and one of my goals was to get stronger physically,” Badosa said.

“I think it’s very important. As you see the top players are playing every time faster and faster and you have to reach the ball.

“So for me it was a very big target and goal for this preseason. I’ve been doing double sessions of fitness and everything on the gym.

“And of course tennis-wise, every day I’m trying to work on my serve, my returns, first shots. Tennis is evolving a lot and I think you have to evolve with it and every time it’s more aggressive.”

Badosa has been close to being the World No 1, in terms of a ranking if not on actual rankings points, however she hasn’t set out to achieve a specific goal on the WTA standings come season-end.

Instead, the 25-year-old has a simple goal of moving forward and continuously working to improve.

“I want to keep improving,” she said. “I love what I do and I think that’s very important. I love to compete and I want to try to enjoy competing.

“I think when I enjoy competing I’m a very good player and that’s when I get my 100 percent potential. So that’s my goal and I think the results, if I do that, will come.”

Badosa has suffered an injury scare in the lead up to the Australian Open as she was forced to pull out of her Adelaide International 2 semi-final against Daria Kasatkina.

“Yesterday when I was playing it was a very tough match, especially physical, so I felt a little bit in my abductor. I felt like I pulled it a little bit,” said Badosa.

“Today I feel a little bit worse, I have the Australian Open ahead, and I hope I can recover for that,” she added.

Badosa is seeded 11th for the Australian Open and will take on 21-year-old American Caty McNally in the first round.

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