A fantastic competitive game of Tennis with the women’s Sydney Tennis Classic Final at Ken Rosewall Arena where Paula Badosa won the opening set, although Barbora Krejcikova bounced back but Badosa was never out of contention and crossed the line with the win as the Spaniard is confirmed as the women’s champion of this WTA Exhibition event.
Score: 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 through 4-7 tiebreaker
Hats off to Badosa where she was comfortable with the first set lead, now she may have fallen narrowly where a poor restart in the 2nd set saw Krejcikova tie 1-1. In the end, Badosa never gave up with another opportunity been given to turn around ahead of the decider & she found a way where she deserved to take home the trophy + $66,800 prize money.
Now Badosa will once again meet Australian Ajla Tomljanovic on Monday for Round 1 of the Australian Open, she only made the 2nd Round once two years ago but so far had a Quarter-Final last year at Roland Garros as Badosa hopes to use this win and at least advance through the 4th Round or even better Quarter-Finals.
Meanwhile, Krejcikova would be gutted to settle as runner-up, who showed some fight from the opening set down to a 1-1 lead, as it gave a lifeline for the reigning French Open champion to wrap it all up and pass Badosa towards the finish line.
It’s just wasn’t her night, however, when Krejcikova just couldn’t hold off the Spaniard and activate that momentum at the deciding tiebreak. Her next opponent will be Andrea Petkovic from Germany on Monday during Round 1 of the Australian Open, Krejcikova’s best result was Round 2 in 2020 & 2021 but she came back here as a much better player with a grand slam title to her name & hopes to crack the Final 8 there.