Spain have a new sporting hero after Paula Badosa’s victory at Indian Wells yesterday.
The 23-year-old defeated Belarusian Victoria Azarenka in a three-set thriller, ultimately winning 7-6, 6-2, 7-6.
Badosa’s successful run to Indian Wells saw her reach world number 15, joining a number of other Spaniards at the top of world tennis.
GiveMeSport Women travels through the top five currently active tennis players in the country.
5) Sara Sorribes Tormo
Sara Sorribes Tormo is currently ranked 34th in the world. She first entered the top 100 in 2017, earning a regular spot on the WTA Tour.
The 25-year-old won her first WTA title this year, triumphing at Abierto Zapopan in March. She also won two WTA doubles titles during her career.
Sorribes Tormo has yet to make a Grand Slam breakthrough, but had her best result this year when she reached the third round of the US Open. She hopes to continue her rise in the WTA rankings in the coming weeks.
4) Pablo CarreÃ±o Busta
Ranked 16th in the world, CarreÃ±o Busta is not far from his career best ranking of world number 10, achieved in 2017. He has won six ATP titles during his career, including the European Open in Hamburg.
The 30-year-old had a particularly successful summer, finishing with a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the play-off for third place.
3) Paula Badosa
Paula Badosa is currently having a breakthrough season, winning her second WTA title at Indian Wells after winning the Belgrade Open in May.
The emerging talent also had a successful run at Roland Garros, eventually losing to Tamara ZidanÅ¡ek in the quarter-finals.
Badosa has the potential to become one of Spain’s top tennis players if she keeps up the momentum.
2) GarbiÃ±e Muguruza
Badosa still has a long way to go before emulating the accomplishments of compatriot GarbiÃ±e Muguruza, however.
The 28-year-old, winner of Roland Garros 2016 and Wimbledon in 2017, was world number one in September and October 2017.
She has now risen to fifth in the world, but remains one of the most feared tennis players on the WTA Tour.
1) Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is not only one of the great Spanish sportsmen of all time, but one of the best tennis players in history. The 35-year-old has won 20 Grand Slam tournaments, including 13 Roland Garros titles.
Currently ranked number six, Nadal was ranked world number one for 209 weeks, finishing number one five times at year’s end. He is likely to have spent more time at the top if not for rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Nadal is currently suffering from a foot injury, but is expected to return to the ATP Tour in 2022.
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