PAULA BADOSA was overwhelmingly congratulated during her Wimbledon press conference today – despite her loss.
The Spaniard had to give up her second round match as she trailed Marta Kostyuk in 18th place 6-2, 1-0.
Badosa, 25, has been struggling with a back injury this season – she was unable to compete in Roland Garros due to a stress fracture in her spine.
She defeated Alison Riske-Amritraj in her first round match before being eliminated earlier this morning.
As Badosa began her post-game press conference, a reporter bizarrely greeted her with the words, “Congratulations on your win.”
A confused-looking Badosa replied, “I lost,” before the reporter continued, “They missed a few games because of injury. Can you please tell us about your fitness and confidence?”
Looking understandably unimpressed, she replied frostily, “FYI I just lost. I didn’t win. So yes …”
Then the moderator chimed in, repeating to the reporter, “She didn’t win.”
Then he continued again and asked, “Could you please tell us about your fitness and confidence?”
To state the obvious, a disgruntled Badosa said, “Well, I don’t feel in my best shape.”
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“I just retired, so yes. I wish I could just feel better.”
Badosa was also forced to withdraw from the mixed doubles where she was set to play alongside boyfriend Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The former world No. 2 was in full swing after her win over Riske-Amritraj on Thursday, watching the result of Tsitsipas’ win over Dominic Thiem in No. 2.
She was also in the Greece players’ box on Center Court for Tsitsipas’ clash with Andy Murray last night, but left after the second set at around 10pm.
Badosa and Tsitsipas were scheduled to face top seeds Austin Krajicek and Jessica Pegula in round one.
They have now been replaced in mixed doubles by Nicolas Mahut and Anna Danilina.