Czech tennis star Krejčíková wins singles and doubles titles at San Diego Open

Barbora Krejčíková defeated Sofia Kenin to take home the singles title yesterday before winning the doubles title with partner Kateřina Siniaková. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 17.09.2023 09:59:00 (updated on 17.09.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

Czech tennis star Barbora Krejčíková has displayed her prowess on the court once again, clinching both the singles and doubles titles at the San Diego Open this weekend. The 27-year-old from Ivančice, currently ranked 13th worldwide, claimed both titles in back-to-back matches on Saturday in California.

In the singles final, Krejčíková engaged in a thrilling showdown with American contender Sofia Kenin. The hard-fought match unfolded with intensity, ultimately resulting in Krejčíková's victory with a scoreline of 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

This win marked her seventh career title on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) circuit and the second of the year. It also broke her seven-month singles title drought, dating back to her victory at the Dubai Tennis Championships in February.

Krejčíková recorded an impressive 11 aces in the singles final against Kenin, consistently securing crucial game-winning points. The Czech tennis star's ability to maintain composure during dramatic moments was evident in her triumphant finish.

Directly following her singles victory, Krejčíková showcased her doubles prowess alongside partner Kateřina Siniaková, who is now the WTA's top-ranked doubles player. The duo had little difficulty in a decisive victory over the American pair of Danielle Collins and CoCo Vandeweghe, taking home the title in straight sets 6-1, 6-4.

This isn't the first time Krejčíková has won both singles and doubles titles at a major WTA open. The Czech star memorably accomplished the same feat at the French Open two years ago, where she also partnered with Siniaková.

Alongside a cash prize of $120,000 (more than CZK 2.7 million crowns), Krejčíková also received a glass trophy and a surfboard in San Diego for her wins.

"I don't know how I'm going to take all these beautiful trophies home because I only have three bags with me," Krejčíková told reporters on the court after her victories. "I'm really happy that I won here." 

Krejčíková's journey to the San Diego titles was not without its challenges. She entered the tournament with a streak of four defeats at previous WTA tournaments, and has struggled with an ankle injury since last July.

In the days leading up to her singles victory at the 2023 San Diego Open, she topped Ukraine's Anhelina Kalinin, Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, and American Danielle Collins.

Krejčíková will move into the WTA's top ten following her win this weekend, where she'll join Czech compatriots Markéta Vondroušová (currently ranked 6th worldwide) and Karolína Muchová (8th).

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