Paula Badosa reveals she would prefer winning a Grand Slam over reaching the world No. 1 ranking. Badosa, 24, achieved her career-high ranking of No. 2 in April. On the Grand Slam level, Badosa has just 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. You don't live No. 1 so much,” Badosa said on the Spanish radio program El Larguero.
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, 19-year-old Alcaraz defeated Casper Ruud to become a Grand Slam champion.
Badosa acknowledged that Alcaraz has been impressive this season and also added that the 19-year-old is also a very sweet person off the court. “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 it's not even going to look like it,” Badosa explained. Unlike Alcaraz, Badosa didn't enjoy a great US Open.
After beating Lesia Tsurenko in the US Open first round, Badosa's run at Flushing Meadows came to an end in the second round following a defeat to Petra Martic. Overall, Badosa didn't really have much Grand Slam success this year.
At the Australian Open and Wimbledon, Badosa made the round-of-16. At the French Open, Badosa was beaten in the third round. Those results weren't terrible but Badosa is a top-5 player and she has bigger aspirations that just making the second week at a Grand Slam. It remains to be seen if Badosa can win a Grand Slam next season.