The last two French Open champions met in the Dubai final Saturday and the title went to Barbora Krejcikova who handed the red-hot Iga Swiatek a 6-4, 6-2.
The 27-year-old Krejcikova wins her 6th career title and first of the year and first at the 1000 level. It was her second Dubai final.
“I think I showed my best tennis this week,” Krejcikova told the WTA. “I’m really happy with the way how I played, how I was able to play my tennis but also hold the nerves, just enjoy everything that was happening during this week on the court.”
Krejcikova broke the world No. 1 five times in the match and she finished winning the last five games and eight of the final 10 points.
“That match that got really close, I almost lost in the second round, I mean, it gave me confidence,” said Krejcikova who saved match points earlier in the week. “I think from there on, I was just starting to play, every single game, better tennis.”
Krejcikova’s run saw her become just the fifth player to beat the Top 3 players in the same event after wins over No. 3 Jessica Pegula yesterday in the semifinals and in the quarters over No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka.
“It’s a huge privilege,” Krejcikova said of the effort. “It’s a big achievement and I think it’s going to give me a lot of confidence that I can play with the best ones.”
Swiatek was well in-form having just won Doha dropping just five total games and rolling into the Dubai final.
Krejcikova and Swiatek have now split four career meetings. It was just Swiatek’s third career loss in a final.
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