Anabel Medina: “The Sorribes-Bucsa doubles excites me and gives me hope for a medal”

On the absence of Paula Badosa: “We were very sad, to be honest”


The national women’s tennis coach, Anabel Medina, assured that going with Sara Sorribes and Cristina Bucsa to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, both individually and as a couple in doubles, excites her and gives her, speaking of doubles, hope of achieving an Olympic medal, while he regretted the absence of Paula Badosa, who chose not to use one of the ‘protected rankings’ she has for the Olympic event.

“They will be special Games, playing at Roland Garros, where Spain has always had good results. As a nation, it will make us very afraid and very respectful, because Spain has always done really well. I am very excited about the doubles, because winning a Masters 1000 (Madrid) means being among the best. It makes us hope to win a medal in doubles,” she told the media after presenting the list.

For Medina, the fact that Sorribes and Bucsa won the Mutua Madrid Open as a doubles pair is very important. “I value the team very positively, especially because of what we said about playing on land and in Paris, which makes the possibilities of Spanish tennis increase much more,” she added.

“Both Sara and Cristina arrive with a lot of enthusiasm, which is the most important thing, with the level, which they have, and then they have the two possibilities, we opt for two individual medals and the doubles. It is fighting for two possible medals, with which They are very excited, and so am I, and to fight to achieve as much as possible,” he commented.

On the other hand, he announced and explained the absence of Paula Badosa, who will continue to focus on improving her ranking after her long absence due to injury. “Paula Badosa’s non-presence is because she does not enter due to her personal ranking, she is outside the top 100. She should use her protected ranking, which would allow her access, but she has two protected rankings left for the rest of the year and it is added that The Games do not distribute points. It was difficult for her to decide whether to play or not. But, because she is behind in the ranking and because she is focused on recovering her best level, she has made this decision that makes us very sad, too, but no. may be possible,” he summarized.

“Paula wanted to play in the Paris Games, but the ITF informed her that this time in the Olympic Games there are no points. So in this section she has used six of her protected rankings, she has two left, and what she told me was that for her, who is outside the hundred best in the world, and who is having a hard time recovering that ranking, playing the Olympic Games without having any options to get any points and having that protected ranking count, for her it was a very difficult situation Analyzing it with his team, they decided that it was best to save those rankings protected for other tournaments that would give him points and help him recover the ranking,” he added.

Medina acknowledged that it was a “very difficult decision” for Badosa. “The Olympic Games are a very important event, very special, and she has always stated that she likes playing for Spain a lot, but her situation due to the injury she has had is very complex. In the end, as you know, the tennis player plays throughout the year and has to focus on a ranking, and the fact that there are no points in the Olympic Games does not help at all,” he lamented.

“Yes, it has made us very sad, the truth is that it has. Because in the end, if you remember, Paula in Tokyo reached the quarterfinals, she was very close to fighting for the medals, it couldn’t be and in recent years Until she was injured she was having very good numbers, she is a very good player, who has a chance of winning in every tournament she participates in and obviously in the Olympic Games,” she said in this regard.