Serbia Ladies Open: Paula Badosa ends her long wait; claims 1st title in Belgrade

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Serbia Ladies Open: Paula Badosa ends her long wait; claims 1st title in Belgrade

Paula Badosa clinched the title at the Serbia Ladies Open on Saturday. After rain marred play in Belgrade, the semi-finals and the final were forced to be scheduled for the same day. As a result, the Spaniard first won her semi-final in the afternoon and then later, in the evening session, the final.

In her semi-final against Viktoriya Tomova, Badosa dropped just three games to clinch her spot in the final after 63 minutes of play. Tomova, who had been coming after playing her pre-quarter-final and quarter-final clash on Friday, could manage to win one game in the opening set and two games in the second.

The second semi-final was played between Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Ana Konjuh. The latter pocketed a 7-6(6), 7-6(4) win in two hours and eight minutes.

Serbia Ladies Open: Paula Badosa's the last woman standing

In the final, Badosa won the opening set 6-2 against Konjuh and led her 2-0 in the second set before the Croatian qualifier called time on the match with an injury to her right hip.

Speaking about the injury in her post-match press conference, Konjuh said, “(On Friday) in the match, I kind of pulled my hip flexor. I tried to get it right, but the match this morning didn’t really help. It’s been a hell of a fight.

Despite the final outcome, Konjuh will re-enter the top-150 of the WTA rankings on Monday, 24th May. Badosa, meanwhile, will enter the top-40 of the ranking for the first time in her career. Talking about the happiness she felt after her winning her first title, Badosa said, “I’m really, really happy I could win my first WTA title.

I’ve been chasing this since a long time, so finally, I have it here with me”. Paula Badosa then also mentioned playing under the tough scheduling demands at the Serbia Ladies Open. “I’m super happy, and I’m super proud of myself.

All this week, I think I played at a very good level and I was feeling quite well. Today wasn’t an easy day, not even in the morning. In the afternoon, I think I played an amazing first set, I think I played at a very good level.

Ana’s an amazing player, I’m so sorry for her we have to finish like this, but the part that I was playing, I think it was quite good so I’m happy with the level”.