For better or worse, tennis pundits and commentators love to debate the best players who have yet to win a singles major. Over a series of articles, we will name the top 10 active players who have not won a singles Grand Slam and address the likelihood of them becoming a major champion. Let’s start with number 10, Paula Badosa.
Earlier this month, Marketa Vondrousova defeated Ons Jabeur to win her maiden singles major title at Wimbledon. The title highlights an already impressive career for the Czech, who also boasts runner-up finishes at Roland Garros and the Olympics in her resume. The loss marked Jabeur’s third runner-up finish at a major in the last two years.
Badosa, however, flamed out early at Wimbledon. This may have been due to an injury, but she has had issues at majors previously.
Paula Badosa has the skills to win a major, but can she?
Badosa has yet to shine in the majors; her best result has been making it to the quarterfinals at the 2021 French Open. However, at her best, she has shown she has the skills to win big. In late-2021, Badosa won Indian Wells and reached the knockout stage at the WTA Finals. She ultimately rose to number 2 in the world the following year.
This year, her off-court romance with Stefanos Tsitsipas has garnered much more attention than her on-court play. Injuries have forced her to miss the first two majors of the year and retire from her second-round match at Wimbledon.
Badosa is still young and has a high ceiling. Her two-handed backhand is explosive and should work on any surface. Her lack of deep runs in the majors makes it difficult to consider her a true contender at the upcoming slams, but she certainly has the game to push the very best.
Likelihood to win a major: Possible