Ranked outside the Top 100, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia found her form during the week at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, beating 2012 champion Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 6-4 for a third career title.
“It was tough for me to finish it today, and I don’t know what happened,” said Schmiedlova, who led 5-1 in the second set. “I just wanted to end it, and I maybe played a little less aggressive. But after all, I made it, and I’m very happy.”
The 23-year-old Slovak said she overcame nerves, knowing that going deep in the tournament could put her back in the Top 100 and into contention for getting into the main draw at the French Open.
“I was much more nervous days before [the final],” said Schmiedlova, who doesn’t even have a head shot photo on the WTA website. “Yesterday, for example, I played to get to Top 100 and to get to the main draw of Roland Garros, and also to get to final of WTA. I just wanted to show a good game, and that I can play good, and I think at least part of the match today was really good.”
The Arruabarrena serve was the story of much of the match for the Spaniard who was unable to hold serve in the opening set. Down 1-5 in the second she held serve for the first time.
Schmiedlova improved to 3-1 in career finals, reaching her first final since 2015 when she reached all three of her previous championship rounds. Arruabarrena fell to 2-1 in career finals and was attempting to win a first title since 2016.
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