World No. 10 Paula Badosa played reserved early on against Aryna Sabalenka but then decided to go for her shots and try to dictate the rhythm. Badosa, who recently captured her maiden Masters title in Indian Wells, saw off No.
1 seed Sabalenka 6-4 6-0 in her WTA Finals opener. Sabalenka claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Badosa responded by claiming five consecutive breaks and winning 10 games in a row to finish the match in an impressive style.
"In that moment maybe I was playing a little bit waiting what could happen and didn't want to miss," Badosa said after the match, per the WTA website. "Sometimes the more you doubt in these conditions, the more you miss.
So in that moment I accept the moment. "I wasn't happy with my service game. I said to myself, 'OK, now you have to be as her level, aggressive, because she was being very aggressive.' I wanted to play against her.
Let's see how it goes. Even though maybe it could go well, it could go bad. That's what I did. I said, Now you have to change, stop waiting for her miss and go for it. That's what I did."
Badosa plays next Maria Sakkari
6 Sakkari also made a positive start to her WTA Finals campaign as she beat Iga Swiatek in straight sets. "I think she played a very good match today," Badosa said of Sakkari. "I think the conditions were OK for her, as well.
She felt quite good on court. I expect a tough match. "It's a little bit different than today, different match. Going to be maybe more tactic. But it's challenging. I like the challenge. Every match is going to be tough.
Every match is going to be a battle. It's the last tournament of the year. I'm ready for it and ready to give everything every match."