Feb 26 (Reuters) – Barbora Krejcikova stated she hoped her Dubai triumph can assist get her singles profession get again on observe following an injury-plagued 2022, throughout which the previous French Open champion slid down the world rankings.
An achieved doubles participant with loads of main success, Krejcikova introduced herself on the Grand Slam stage in singles when she received the 2021 Roland Garros title and climbed to quantity two within the rankings the next 12 months.
However an elbow harm meant she struggled within the first half of 2022 with a number of months on the sidelines. She claimed titles in Tallinn and Ostrava earlier than a wrist drawback flared up in direction of the top of the season.
Krejcikova will climb from quantity 30 to 16 on Monday after beating the top-ranked Iga Swiatek in Saturday’s Dubai remaining.
“Final 12 months was actually powerful, particularly being out for therefore lengthy. I actually could not discover my sport until the top of the season. Then on the finish of the season I bought injured,” Krejcikova stated.
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“In the course of the low season I began off Christmas taking part in tennis, I did not begin earlier than that. At first of the season it was a miracle wherever I bought.
“I felt like with me taking part in and practising, being wholesome, I can obtain large issues. I am actually completely satisfied I am right here with this trophy and I can have a good time. I hope I will get again to the place I belong.”
Krejcikova, who misplaced to Garbine Muguruza within the Dubai remaining two years in the past, stated she was completely satisfied to seize her maiden WTA 1000 crown at a venue that helped kickstart her singles profession.
“It is a particular place. Positively I will have this in my thoughts all through the season,” Krejcikova stated.
“I am going to attempt to get higher once more, attempt to get to those finals and massive matches which I like.”
Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Kim Coghill
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