Paula Badosa Withdraws from BNP Paribas Open Due to Injury

Paula Badosa Withdraws from BNP Paribas Open Due to Injury

Paula Badosa's injury woes continue to haunt her as the former world No. 2 was forced to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Spaniard, who made her biggest career breakthrough in Indian Wells in 2021, has been struggling with a myriad of injuries since then.

Badosa's withdrawal from Indian Wells marks the fourth tournament out of six that she has either lost a match via a walkover or withdrawn from after the draw was made. She owns a 4-5 win-loss record on the year, with three of her victories coming on her way to the Australian Open third round.

The stress fracture in her L4 vertebra (low back) sidelined Badosa for the second half of the 2023 season. She returned to Indian Wells with a wild card, but her injury woes continue to plague her.

"So sorry I have to withdraw from my favorite tournament," Badosa shared in an Instagram Story. "I tried everything to be able to play but (it) wasn't enough. I'm having a very difficult time with my injury but I'm fighting every day to come (back) as soon as possible."

Badosa has been struggling to get her 2024 season off the ground. She has been open about her struggles with injuries and the toll it has taken on her mentally.

"I wanna thank the fans that are sticking with me, (especially) this past year," Badosa said. "I'm sorry I haven't given what you are expecting from me and I'm just giving you sad news lately. (Trust me it's the last thing I want also)...

"Hopefully soon the tears will be tears of joy again."

Badosa's withdrawal from Indian Wells is a major blow to the tournament. She was one of the top contenders for the title and her absence will be felt.

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