Krejčova holds Badosa final in Sydney – Tennis Sports

Third-seeded Barbora Kretickova won the spectacular semi-finals after saving 0-6 6-4 7-6 (12) points in seven games against Anett Kontaveit, with Paula Badosa in the Saturday final. I will play. An easier time for it, Daria Kasatkina, dispatch 6-26-2.

When I lowered those match points, I was trying to figure out how to increase and earn points, and that was all I was focusing on.I had to change the game style a little more [to turn the match around] … start playing points aggressively from my side. Otherwise she was just killing me. Barbora Kletikova

“I think it was a really, really tough match from both sides,” Krejčova said at a press conference after the match. “I think we played great tennis.

“It’s so tight and I’m really happy to win this match because I’ve been able to relieve tension.

“I thought it would be really difficult, and I know Annette, she’s playing really great tennis, and she’s very aggressive.

“I was just playing and trying to fight for all the balls.”

The Czech Open singles and doubles champions recover after ruthlessly attacking her top opponents to take the first set in just 28 minutes after picking up the world’s fourth-largest bagel. did.

Krejčova, who was ranked just one place above the Estonians, increased her aggression to take the second set before edging the contours with a thrilling decision set tiebreaker.

“I wanted to fight more and stay in the match. I felt I could seize the opportunity someday. It’s important to change that,” Krejčova told Nine Network.

“She was really aggressive, playing more consistently in my game and didn’t work, so I had to find Plan B, and I found Plan B. I’m really happy. It was a great match. “

Anett Kontaveit lost seven match points against Sydney’s Barbora Kletikova in the third set of breakers.

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In a fierce battle, Krejčova stopped seven matchpoints and beat the Czechs the sixth WTA before finally converting the fifth matchpoint after two hours and thirty minutes of toe-to-toe tennis. Moved to the singles final.

Both debuted at the WTA Finals at the end of the season in November, ending the season when Kontaveit won the straight set for the final at the only last meeting in Guadalajara, winning 28 of the last 32 games. I did.

Kontaveit had to save three breakpoints in the first match of the match, but when he got out of the jam, the Estonians cruised the opening set and baggered Krejčova just 29 minutes later.

Despite being steam-rolled in the opener, Krejčova turned the table to prevent Kontaveit from reaching the final four times in a row.

The Czechs settled second, making a critical break at the Estonian serve at 4-4, then holding the serve comfortably and returning to a level footing.

In the third set, Krejčova took the first break to lead 2-1 but Kontaveit quickly counterattacked 2-2 and the fight continued.

Kontaveit scored the first three match points 6-5 on Krejčova’s serve, but the Czech Republic brushed each one hard to line up the decisive third set tiebreaker.

Krejčova scored 2 match points 6-4 with a cat and mouse breaker, while Kontaveit saved both with a great backhand to the level 6-6.

The pair fought until 12-12, Kontaveit lost seven match points, and Krejčova couldn’t convert four.

At the next point, Kontaveit fired a wide rally backhand, giving Krejčova a 13-12 lead and a fifth match point, and Krejčova won the classic encounter after a long voyage of Estonian forehand returns. Insisted.

“When I lowered these match points, I was trying to figure out how to increase and earn points. That was all I was focusing on,” Krejčova said.

“I had to change the game style a bit more. [to turn the match around] … Start playing points aggressively from my side.

“Otherwise she was just killing me.”

Paula Badosa was at its best against Daria Kasatkina, dropping only two games in each set to reach the final

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In another 2021 WTA Finals Debutante, Nightmatch, Badosa has maintained momentum since last fall, reaching his third career final.

Spain’s No. 9 trophy in Belgrade and Indian Wells last year will face a generation she hasn’t played since Russia won the European Junior Championships in Moscow in 2013 on the 16th. Did.

Eight years later, Badosa was able to take revenge with an almost perfect smashing display, including 26 winners out of 12 of his opponents.

She placed a marker on a staggering start, scoring 14 of the first 16 points and jumping into a 4-0 lead.

Similarly, she was able to overwhelm Kasatkina and move to 5-0 at the start of the second set.

After reaching that stage in Melbourne Summer Set 1 last week, the 26th-placed Russian, who played in the semifinals twice in a row, played the best tennis at the end of each set.

The backhand winner saved match points 2nd 5-0 and the freeswing forehand regained one breakback in both sets, but the bay was too big to make up and Badosa’s level never dropped. did not.

Badosa figured out some of her most injured backhands to crush the potential for a comeback, defeating Kasatkina and sealing each set.

The Spaniards ran a “perfect aggressive game plan” to book a clash with Krejčova and played 2-0 thanks to the 2021 victory.

“It’s great to start a year like this. I’m really enthusiastic about the Australian Open,” said Badosa, who was obsessed with the early women’s semifinals between Krejčova and Kontaveit. “It was impossible not to watch the match.

“They are great players. It was a great performance. It will be tough again tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Badosa is 2-0 in the WTA Finals, compared to Krejčova’s 3-2 record.

Daria Kasatkina couldn’t find an answer to Paula Badosa’s game plan in Friday’s semifinals

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– Tennis Sports

Krejčova holds Badosa final in Sydney Krejčova holds Badosa final in Sydney

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