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In the definitive moment, the one she will remember for years,

Paula Badosa

was on the verge of vanishing. Too many memories, bad times and countless sessions of psychological therapy that he had carried in his suitcase until the end of

Indian Wells

, the most important game of his life. All that has been left behind, and he finally managed to get what he has always carried inside to lift the trophy after three hours of madness. The champion of the American tournament, fifth in importance on the world tennis circuit, talks to

EL MUNDO

and recounts the evolution of a career with great light and the darkest shadows, which led to a depression, one step away from leaving her professional career .

How was the night after conquering Indian Wells? The great victory that I have been looking for for so long has arrived, well, here we go, the truth is that it has been long and I honestly have not slept much, it has been all crazy. get out of hand, because it really weighed a lot. I had been warned that I would not be able to take it, but I wanted my photo and I made the effort even though I was dead tired. That trophy also carries a lot of emotional charge. Did the ghosts of the past appear when the final looked worse? The truth is that I did not think about everything that I have had to live, or about losing, but I did think that an opportunity had escaped me. It hurt me after three hours of play and I knew I had to draw strength from wherever I was.He couldn't be saying the same thing just three years ago, when he was about to quit tennis because of a depression. No, he was on the edge. But I have managed to enjoy the suffering of racing on the track and have regained the self-esteem that I had lost. Luckily or unfortunately I have had to live that, and now the experience has helped me manage everything better.

Paula Badosa during the final.AFP

How do you hold the pressure in such a new situation? We knew it could come. People were expecting a lot from me and the expectations were high to do something great in this tournament. We try to be with the team a lot and disconnect taking walks and doing activities to abstract ourselves. The changes in his training equipment are constant, but it seems that the perfect storm has arrived with Jorge GarcĂ­a. What's new to you? Jorge has known me for many years and gives me a lot of peace of mind and stability. I am very comfortable and it is the key for a tennis player like me. Apart from the fact that we work very hard on the track, that he gives me all that outside for me is crucial. Did he need a new chapter to leave behind all the bad things he has overcome? Deep down he had everything inside and he just needed to get it out.I had to find those people by my side who would help me discover myself and get the best of myself. I needed to believe and regain that faith that you don't really know why, but you stop having. The most important thing has been the team, and in this way I have regained my confidence and self-esteem to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. The truth is that I did not expect to win the tournament, he is only 23 years old and has already been through a roller coaster in his career. Do you have the feeling that you are turning the pages of the book too fast? We were just discussing it with my team after we won. I'm 23, but it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.I needed to believe and regain that faith that you don't really know why, but you stop having. The most important thing has been the team, and in this way I have regained my confidence and self-esteem to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. The truth is that I did not expect to win the tournament, he is only 23 years old and has already been through a roller coaster in his career. Do you have the feeling that you are turning the pages of the book too fast? We were just discussing it with my team after we won. I'm 23, but it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.I needed to believe and regain that faith that you don't really know why, but you stop having. The most important thing has been the team, and in this way I have regained my confidence and self-esteem to achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. The truth is that I did not expect to win the tournament, he is only 23 years old and has already been through a roller coaster in his career. Do you have the feeling that you are turning the pages of the book too fast? We were just discussing it with my team after we won. I'm 23, but it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.and thus I have regained the confidence and self-esteem to achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves. The truth is that I did not expect to win the tournament, he is only 23 years old and has already been through a roller coaster in his career. Do you have the feeling that you are turning the pages of the book too fast? We were just discussing it with my team after we won. I'm 23, but it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.and thus I have regained the confidence and self-esteem to achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves. The truth is that I did not expect to win the tournament, he is only 23 years old and has already been through a roller coaster in his career. Do you have the feeling that you are turning the pages of the book too fast? We were just discussing it with my team after we won. I'm 23, but it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.But it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.But it seems like I'm talking like a 30-year-old veteran. People started talking about me from a very young age and it seems that I am older than I really am, but I have many years of career left.

Badosa when you get the final point.USA TODAY

Does this victory mean a before and after? I take it, in quotes, as a second life in tennis.

I have to stay calm because I have learned from all the mistakes I have made and they have helped me to be the strong person that I am now. Now what?

This has only just begun, I am looking forward to finishing the season well and being able to go to the Maldives on vacation without a phone.

The season has been crazy, moving up 80 places in the rankings.

I have to stay the same.

I have found the right path physically and mentally and I don't want to change anything.

This is how I will get the rewards.

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