June 18, 2024

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Badosa overcomes anxiety, depression

When a young player wins a junior Grand Slam – as Paula Badosa did at the 2015 French Open – it starts.

You could see the forces already at work to sell the tall, attractive teenager. And the Spaniard, now 21, struggled to handle the pressure.

She would start matches well, then something would happen – a block, a “shock”.  She suffered from anxiety and depression.

But with new coach Xavier Budó at her side, a man who seems to understand the balance between the mental and the physical, Badosa is at a career high No. 116.

If your Spanish is up to it, they talk about it in this video.

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