Defeat Czech Barbora Krejcikova in a very tight final and appear at the Australian Open as one of the favorites.
Paula Badosa continues its great progression at the beginning of the course. The Spanish conquered the third title of her career, on the eve of the Australian Open, after defeating the Czech 6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 (4) Barbora Krejcikova in the Sydney final.
“I know this is very painful for you, Barbora, knowing that we have both played to the limit. The two of us broke in last year and I hope we continue like this.”, assured the Spaniard after a demanding final of two hours and 22 minutes on the center court Ken Rosewell Arena.
In a balanced game that was resolved in the tie-break, the Catalan, current number nine in the world, knew how to suffer and remain calm to remain undefeated against the Central European player, who took her to the third and final set.
Full in the finals
Badosa certified his full in WTA circuit finals -three of three- to raise his third wound, after those achieved in 2021 in Belgrade -WTA 250- and in Indian Wells -WTA 1000-. With this, it is guaranteed to rise this Monday to the best ranking of her career, sixth, so she will go as one of the main favorites to the first big of the year.
Although the duel started with a break, the Spanish saw how Krejcikova returned it in the fourth game. Thus, he armed himself with strength to win the last four games and try to finish off his victory in the second round. However, she gave up her first serve, and despite the fact that she also managed to endorse a ‘break’ to the Czech, she said goodbye to the partial with a new break from her opponent.
Everything had to be decided in a close last set that went to sudden death after both exchanged breaks. In it, Badosa started from behind, but he knew how to recover to recover the initiative and confirm her third win in three matches against Krejcikova -after the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open (6-1, 7-5) and the round of 16 at Indian Wells (6-1, 7-5)- and the third title of his career.
“One day I promised myself to fight to the end”
After the match, Badosa stated that she has gone from being a weak player to being a very strong tennis player on a mental level. “A couple of years ago I was identified as a weak player, who got frustrated, and now I think it’s the opposite. One day I promised myself to fight until the end,” he revealed.
“I am very happy with the change that I have experienced with my coach. Before, I suffered a lot against this type of player on such fast courts,” she commented on the work plan that she later implemented with the Valencian Jorge Garca. Badosa, who has not lost a playoff game since her defeat at Tokyo 2020 against the French Kristina Mladenovic, said she was “very happy to bring out her best tennis in the most delicate moments.”
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