World No. 10 Paula Badosa claimed a straight-set win over sixth-ranked Maria Sakkari but afterward claimed it wasn’t an easy match at all.
Badosa, seeded at No. 7, beat Sakkari 7-6 (4) 6-4 to improve to 2-0 and clinch a semifinal ticket at the WTA Finals.
“I think it was quite a tough match,” Badosa told the press, after the match, per the WTA website. “I served well, I fight for every point. I knew it was going to be a battle against Maria.
“I think I stayed aggressive. I was moving well. When you win these kind of matches, I think you have to do a little bit of everything well. I think the key was a little bit in the important moments, I was quite brave and I played very good.
“I think I [got] my first top 10 win, I don’t know, maybe four months ago. Everything was very new for me. I needed experience. I needed to pass through all that. I think when I got the experience, all of those things, it went well. I think I’m quite competitive. I think I needed a little bit to adjust myself, to be here and play these kind of matches, to learn.”
Badosa almost blew the first set
Badosa claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game but failed to serve out for the opener in the ninth game as Sakkari managed to force a tie-break.
However, blowing a 5-2 lead didn’t affect Badosa, who got off to a quick 4-0 lead in the tie-break before realizing her second set point.
After winning the first set, Badosa made a good start to the second set as she broke Sakkari in the third game.
Badosa got broken back in the eighth game but then earned her third break of the match in the ninth game.
In the 10th game, Badosa saved a break point before converting her third match point to seal the win.