Charlottesville 02 mei 2010 F: Siegemund (293) 6-2 6-4
Krajicek rolls in Tinsley final
A day before she needed to go to the airport and get on a plane to Charlottesville for the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic, Michaella Krajicek was having second thoughts.
“I had a long clay season already, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to come because I had already played four tournaments,” Krajicek explained. “I wanted to go, but on the other side I thought maybe I shouldn’t go because if you play really tired, you can get injured.”
On Sunday afternoon at the Boar’s Head Sports Club, Krajicek, who hails from the Netherlands, was certainly glad she decided to get on that plane. The 21-year-old younger sister of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek capped off a strong week of play with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory over Laura Siegemund.
“I have no words for it now,” Krajicek said. “I’m really happy I came.”
The fifth-seeded Krajicek, ranked 141, pocketed $7,300 with the victory. Siegemund earned $4,000.
In the tournament’s doubles final, top-seeded Carly Gullickson and Julie Ditty defeated fellow Americans Alexandra Mueller and Ahsha Rolle, 6-4, 6-3.
But Krajicek, who is hoping to break back into the top 100 — she was once ranked No. 30 in the world after a quarterfinals appearance at Wimbledon in 2007 — was the story.
Krajicek used the same blueprint that had enabled her to steamroll through the Tinsley draw all week. She was consistent from the baseline, at times dominating with her serve, and mentally tough at key moments of the match.
Up a set and serving at 4-3 in the second, Siegemund broke Krajicek after a daring drop shot. However, Krajicek won the first three points of the next game, then earned a service break of her own when Siegemund double faulted on game point.
“I think my serve was pretty good. I just played solid. I did what I did all the other matches. I don’t think I had to really raise my level that much.
“I wasn’t nervous, which was important for me because at the beginning of my career — years and years back — it was a different story,” Krajicek joked.
The unseeded and 278th-ranked Siegemund stayed in the match as long as she could, using a number of drops shots and lobs.
But Siegemund had trouble with her serve throughout the match, double-faulting on a number of key points. Krajicek said her opponent seemed nervous, but Siegemund said that wasn’t the case.
“I just didn’t feel very well,” she said. “I have asthma, and with the humidity, I couldn’t breathe today. I have no idea why it was today and not the whole week because the whole week I was fine.
“I had trouble moving, and when I can’t move my game just sort of falls apart, and she played well.”
After her Wimbledon run in 2007, Krajicek was derailed by a knee injury that required surgery and then sustained a couple of nagging wrist injuries.
But now she is optimistic she can get back into the Top 100.
“The last two or three years have been a bit of a struggle off the court,” Krajicek said. “But this is really nice. It’s been six years since I’ve won a clay tournament. This is awesome.”
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