The way to the success of Paula Badoa: Want to live, several coaches and many squats

In the surroundings of Tokyo Tennis Center, when the night had already fallen, Paula Badado appeared, still redden, with a headache of a thousand demons, and be

The way to the success of Paula Badoa: Want to live, several coaches and many squats

In the surroundings of Tokyo Tennis Center, when the night had already fallen, Paula Badado appeared, still redden, with a headache of a thousand demons, and before going to the Olympic Village left a lament: "It has been a pity , the medal made me a lot of illusion. " This Bado Augusto was one step away from the podium of the games, a heat stroke knocked up, but equally in those Olympic days she became a name among the audience. Since its victory at the Roland Junior Junior 2015 was already known in tennis and from its first WTA title, in May, in the WTA 250 of Serbia, the progression of it was a fact, but it was in Tokyo when a star was warned .

Before and after he had appeared in the pink press, a help in certain areas, but his recognition as tennis player would have been difficult without his progression on the track. And this is extraordinary, go if it is. As it showed this Sunday at the final of the Masters 1000 of Indian Wells, Badoa is already one of the best players in the world and if nothing is twisted, she will be at the WTA Finals that will be played in Guadalajara (Mexico) in mid-November. In a single season she has gone from being the 70 of the World List to be placed at a step of the Top Ten. How did she do it?

"The talent has always had it, the key is that now it is very, very centered, it works from 10, does everything you ask for, is always willing to make an effort, even the day after a defeat. The preparation of a tennis player is very complicated Antona, who was the champion of Spain of high jump, today physical trainer of the tennis player.

With Antona and Daniel de la Serna, his nutritionist, Badoa has experienced a change this course that even her surprises her: "Paula needed to transform his body. He had the tennis, but he lacked the tools to take him out. I come from the world of athletics. And I think that approach is what I needed: Reduce your fat percentage, more power, more strength, more stuck, more speed. He has done a lot of basic power work, like squats or dead weight, has also made many series, many slopes. .. Now you notice it much more comfortable on the track. "

And indeed. Today Badoa is one of the fastest tennis players of the circuit, capable of reaching any corner of the track, capable of always being well placed for the hit and with those arguments who knows where she can ascend. Because in psychological work, the other key aspect of preparation, has been adhering for years. Born in New York, "where Her's parents Josep and Mireia worked in fashion, but formed on the Costa Brava, her successes from her teenager caused her serious anxiety and cost her several years to learn to digest her.

He lived a depression, there were days when he did not want to leave the house and only with professional help could pull forward. Then, in 2019, at the orders of coach Xavi Budo recovered happiness and, with her, her growth in tennis. "Now I'm super comfortable, super calm, I found the inner peace, that before I did not know what that was, I want to live, that sometimes it is also complicated, when you are in sports and you are so young you lose a little And sometimes you do not even know what you want. Now I know what I want and I have a lot of illusion, "he explained at that time, as always, between changes.

Because, as he lived in his formation, when he went through the Valencian Tenisval Academy, Bado has never had a fixed work group like the one that led to the top Rafa Nadal, for example. He is still in the process to find a coach or a coach to help him develop during several seasons and something similar happens to psychologists or physiotherapists. In the last year, without going further, he has changed twice as a preparer, from Budo to Javi Martí, with whom he celebrated his first WTA title in Serbia or his quarterfinals at Roland Garros, and in recent weeks, Jorge García .

Right after the Tokyo Games and before the American tour, the tennis player decided to dispense with Martí and put himself in the hands of García, with whom he had worked precisely at the Tennisval Academy. The decision, as happened with the previous change, was successful according to the results. In the United States, before lifting the title at Indian Wells Masters 1000, she had already reached the quarterfinals of Cincinnati's Masters 1000, although she had to be removed by a shoulder injury. At 23, the path of her to her success already seems unstoppable.

Updated Date: 18 October 2021, 07:16

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