This year has been rather strange for Paula Badosa, who played really well when she actually played but struggled to remain on the court. She has dealt with a couple of injuries so far this year, including one persistent one that kept her out of action since Wimbledon.
The return at Wimbledon came after an injury absence, but it lasted only one match. She won that match but then retired in her next one, and since then, it's been a recovery. We've seen her around the courts as she followed Stefanos Tsitsipas around, but there was no indication of when she'll be back.
Well, she's back as she confirmed that she'll play for Spain at the Billie Jean King Cup. It's an interesting choice for Badosa, who obviously could have elected to skip the event and have more time to prepare for next year, but she seems healthy enough to play.
The event being on home soil in Seville likely influenced her to sign up because there is very few things like playing at home. Spain will have decent chances at the event as well so that likely contributed to her decision as well.
It’s a mix of emotions, it has been a very tough year for me. Finally coming back to play here, playing in front of my crowd at home, as a team – I love to play for Spain, so for me it’s very special.
She did confirm that she was never truly away from tennis working every day on getting back to full health. It's great to see that hard work paid off so let's see how she plays at the event in the coming week.
Honestly, it’s been very tough. I was working every day we had with the physio. We were looking for me to play earlier, but my back wasn’t responding in a good way, so I had to be very patient. I never stopped completely. I was all day in physio and rehabbing. Finally all of a sudden one day I didn’t feel the pain anymore. So it was amazing news for me. That’s when I started to play tennis again.