This was the 24-12 months-outdated Badosa’s third profession WTA singles title, and the WTA 500 event triumph got here in 2 hours and 22 minutes of carefully-contested energy tennis.
Badosa and Czech Republic’s Krejcikova had been the 2 largest movers into the highest-10 over the past season. Krejcikova began 2021 ranked No.65 and Badosa even decrease at No.70. But each had profession-greatest seasons to complete the 12 months in the elite and earn spots on the 12 months-finish WTA Finals.
On Saturday, Krejcikova claimed her first set in opposition to Badosa, as she practically emulated her comeback win over Anett Kontaveit of Estonia from Friday’s semifinals, the place she prevailed in a 3rd-set tiebreak.
However, Badosa refused to let Krejcikova repeat that feat, protecting her undefeated document in opposition to the reigning French Open champion alive.
“I am super excited. After the level of this final, even more. Amazing week, amazing final. I’m very happy,” Badosa was quoted as saying by wtatennis.com.
“Details (made the difference). Maybe one winner that I hit, one serve, maybe she missed one ball. Sometimes, these kinds of matches, it’s one point or two. I had the same experience in Indian Wells final. It changes for nothing. I’m really happy that I won my way. I think the good thing is that I played in a very high level and that I fought until the end.
“It’s very good, as I mentioned in the ceremony, (Krejcikova and I) broke into the highest-100, it was like the identical 12 months, virtually the identical week. So it’s extremely good to now be each in prime-10 and taking part in massive finals, and I hope we will play far more, as a result of it’s extremely good to play in opposition to her.”
Badosa is seeded No.8 at the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which starts on Monday. She opens against Aussie hope Ajla Tomljanovic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist last year. Badosa beat Tomljanovic in the second round this week.