Paula Badosa withdraws in tears against Sabalenka in Stuttgart and is on the brink of the abyss in the WTA rankings

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The Catalan, with a bandage on her left thigh, takes the white flag at 3-3 in the third set and has 33 retirements in her career.

Paula Badosa has undergone a turnaround in the last two years, going from second in the WTA rankings to bordering on the possibility of dropping out of the top 100. She is currently ranked 99th in the rankings.

Fate has decided that it all happened in Stuttgart. Her defeat this Wednesday in the second round of the German tournament, when she retired with a 3-3 score in the third set, against her Belarusian friend Aryna Sabalenka, who also defeated her this season at the Miami Open, makes her lose 48 points from the previous edition.

The score was 7-6(4), 4-6, 3-3 at the time the Spaniard retired in the early hours of the morning. This retirement marks her thirty-third on-court retirement in her professional career. This time, the injury affected the muscle in her left leg. In the tiebreaker, she led 3-1.

The two tennis players embraced at the net and Paula ended up crying in the arms of her opponent, because injuries do not allow her to continue being a tennis player.

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