Paula Badosa expressed her enthusiasm to be teaming up with Ons Jabeur for doubles at the 2023 Miami Open.
Before setting their sights on the Miami Open, both Paula Badosa and Ons Jabeur suffered second-round exits at the recently concluded WTA 1000 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Badosa battled past compatriot Nurria Parizas-Diaz before falling to eventual champion Elena Rybakina.
Meanwhile, Ons Jabeur had a challenging match against Magdalena Frech on return from an injury layoff. She eventually prevailed after a tough three-sets encounter before losing to Marketa Vondrousova in the next round. The Tunisian admitted that she may have rushed her comeback from injury while making the tough decision to compete in Indian Wells.
On March 22, the official WTA Twitter account announced the Miami Open doubles pairing between Jabeur and Badosa with a humorous clip of the pair jamming out to Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love'.
Paula Badosa replied to the post and shared her excitement at teaming up with Ons Jabeur for doubles action at the 2023 Miami Open.
"Vamos chica," Badosa posted.
Other notable doubles pairs at the 2023 Miami Open include Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova and Coco Gauff/Jessica Pegula as the top seeds. Defending champions Vera Zvonareva/Laura Siegemund will also feature alongside Leylah Fernandez/Taylor Townsend.
How did Paula Badosa fare at Miami Open 2022?
Paula Badosa lost her semifinal encounter to Maria Sakkari while defending her title at the 2022 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Subsequently, she competed at the Miami Open where she made continued her good run of form with another deep run.
The Spaniard defeated Yulia Putintseva and Linda Fruhvirtova in straight sets to book a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Badosa took on Jessica Pegula next. The American raced away to a 4-1 lead in the first set when the World No. 29 was forced to retire due to a lingering illness.
"So sorry I had to retire today. Been struggling with illness since the last match the other day. Tried everything to recover but wasn’t enough. I’ll take some days to recover well and prepare for clay court season. Thank you," Badosa posted at the time.
Paula Badosa will take on Laura Siegemund in the first round of the 2023 Miami Open. The pair have faced each other three times on the WTA Tour, with Siegemund leading 2-1 head-to-head. Their most recent encounter came at the 2020 French Open, where the German defeated Badosa in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.