Paula Badosa won her first career WTA title today in Belgrade when her opponent Ana Konjuh retired down 6-2, 2-0 with a right hip injury.
In her first WTA final, the 23-year-old Spaniard continued her dominant form which saw her not drop a set en route to the title match.
Both players had to win semifinal matches earlier in the day. Badosa breezed past lucky loser Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-2 while Konjuh had to fight past Maria Camila Osorio Serrano in two breakers.
“I’m really, really happy I could win my first WTA title,” Badosa said. “I’ve been chasing this since a long time, so finally I have it here with me.
“I’m super happy, and I’m super proud of myself,” she added. “All this week, I think I played at a very good level and I was feeling quite well.”
This spring clay season, Badosa has now won 13 of 15 matches with semifinals in Charleston and Madrid. She began April ranked outside the Top 70, and she’ll now move to a new career-high into the Top 35.
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