|Full Name||Paula Badosa Gibert|
|Date of Birth||November 15, 1997|
|Birth Place||Manhattan, New York, United States|
Paula Badosa Gibert is a Spanish professional tennis player. She has been ranked as high as world No. 2 in singles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which she achieved on 25 April 2022, and No. 124 in doubles, attained on the same date. She has won three career WTA Tour singles titles, and produced her best performance at a Grand Slam tournament by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open. Later that year, she won the Indian Wells Masters, a WTA 1000 tournament and her biggest career title to date. Badosa made new strides in 2021 after a breakthrough clay swing in which she contested her first WTA 500 semifinal in Charleston and WTA 1000 semifinal in Madrid, as well as a WTA 250 final in Belgrade, where she won her maiden WTA title.. In 2022, Badosa notched her fourth career fourth-round performance at a major at the Australian Open, guaranteeing her top five debut.
Australian Open: 4R (2022)
French Open: QF (2021)
Wimbledon: 4R (2021,2022)
US Open: 2R (2021,2022)
Badosa is an aggressive baseliner, whose game is centred around her powerful serve and groundstrokes. Badosa has described her serve as her favourite shot, with her serve being a major weapon. Her first serve has been recorded as high as 122 mph (196 km/h), allowing her to serve multiple aces in any given match, and to dictate play from the first stroke. Due to her effective first serve, she typically wins a high percentage of first serve points. Badosa's strongest groundstroke is her two-handed backhand, with which she dominates opponents on the court, and she hits large numbers of winners with this shot. Badosa's forehand is also powerful, being hit with relentless depth and power. Due to her aggressive playing style, clay court prowess, mental toughness, physical appearance, and the similarity in the mechanics of their serves, she has been frequently compared to her idol, Maria Sharapova.
Paula Badosa was born in Manhattan, New York, to Spanish parents Mireia Gibert Baró and Josep Badosa Codolar. Both of her parents worked in fashion. When she was seven, Badosa and her family moved to Barcelona. She then started playing tennis, at Club Tennis. At the age of 14, she moved to Valencia in order to progress in tennis. At the age of 17, she returned to Barcelona. Since 2021, Badosa has been in a relationship with Cuban model and actor Juan Betancourt. She is multilingual, speaking four languages fluently: Spanish, Catalan, English, and French.