Paula Badosa capped off her stellar 2021 season with another big win, after being honored in Madrid at the AS Sports Awards gala on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old received one of the biggest awards of the night as she took home the AS Sports Award, a prize which recognizes Spain’s most outstanding and inspirational sportspersons of the year.
It was an emotional moment for Badosa, who previously received the AS Sporting Promise Award in 2015 after winning the Roland Garros girls’ title.
“For me today is very special. I was here about six years ago when I received the Sporting Promise Award, and my words back then were, ‘I hope one day I will come back and make this into a reality.’ To be here six years later is the product of a lot of hard work and of dreams coming true,” she said.
“If you enjoy the journey and you fight and you believe in yourself, it will come true.”