Alexandrova Bests Sabalenka In ‘s-Hertogenbosch Final

by Staff | June 12th, 2022, 7:20 pm
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Ekaterina Alexandrova took the last nine games of the match to pull away from Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-0 to win the Den Bosch title.

The 27-year-old Alexandrova picks up her second career title after winning Shenzhen back in 2020 over two years ago.

“Grass is a difficult surface for everyone because the bounce is unpredictable,” Alexandrova said after her first grass final. “You just need to try to do your best in every single shot because you don’t know what’s going to come next.

“When I played the first match here, I would never expect to play finals here and win the title. It was so bad, I couldn’t hit anything inside the court. But match after match, it was easier to find the rhythm and find the game. In the last match, I found it, and I just tried to keep it during the whole match.”

The Russian dropped her first set of the event to Dayana Yastremska then didn’t lose another after.

The 24-year-old Sabalenka was seeking her eighth career title and first since May last year.

“I played good on the clay, which I thought never would happen because I hated the clay so much,” Alexandrova said. “But I played semifinals of Madrid on clay. For me, it was like, if I can play good on clay, I can play on any surface. It helps a lot, it’s a good confidence boost.

“I just want to keep it like it was this week and hope for the best.”

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