Saturday, November 13, 2021

Badosa beats Sakkari in WTA Finals to extend streak

   No. 7 seed Paula Badosa of Spain defeated No. 4 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece 7-6 (4), 6-4 today in the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
   Badosa, who won Indian Wells last month in her previous tournament, improved to 2-0 in round-robin play with her eighth consecutive victory. Sakkari, the runner-up in the inaugural (2018) Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose, fell to 1-1. 
   No. 1 doubles seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova also improved to 2-0, dominating No. 3 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-1.
   No. 1 singles seed Aryna Sabalenka topped No. 5 seed Iga Swiatek 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 to move to 1-1. Swiatek, last year's French Open champion, was eliminated at 0-2.
   No. 6 doubles seeds Alexa Guarachi and Desirae Krawczyk edged No. 8 seeds Sharon Fichman and Giuliana Olmos, a San Francisco Bay Area product who represents Mexico, 0-6, 6-3 [11-9]. Guarachi and Krawczyk improved to 1-1, and Fichman and Olmos dropped to 0-2.
   Krawczyk has captured the last three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, two with Joe Salisbury and one with Neal Skupski. Krawczyk and Olmos won the doubles crown in the 2017 (last) Sacramento (Calif.) Challenger.
   ATP Tour — Tommy Paul, the champion of the 2019 Tiburon (Calif.) Challenger, claimed his first ATP title. Unseeded, he outlasted third seed and defending (2019) champion Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the Stockholm Open.

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