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Iga Swiatek shows respect for Barbora Krejcikova’s game ahead of Ostrava final

Swiatek and Krejcikova set to meet in the Ostrava final.

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek underlined she will have to be “tactically ready” when she faces Barbora Krejcikova in the Ostrava final. On Saturday, first-seeded Swiatek overcame Ekaterina Alexandrova 7-6 (5) 2-6 6-4 to reach her first Ostrava final.

Going into her eighth final of the year, Swiatek noted she will have to give her absolute best versus 2021 French Open champion Krejcikova. “I know that [the final is] going to be tough, and Barbora plays a little bit differently than my opponent today, so tactically I have to be ready.

It doesn’t really matter for me if it’s a final or any other round, I’m just going to give it my all,” Swiatek said of facing Krejcikova, per the WTA website.

Krejcikova aims to upset Swiatek

Krejcikova, who won Tallinn last week, has won her last eight matches.

Going into the Ostrava final, Krejcikova is full of confidence and is hoping to become the first player in 2022 to beat Swiatek in a final. “It’s amazing what I’ve achieved in the last two weeks, so I feel really happy and really glad with the way I’m performing so far.

I’m really looking forward to playing the final in front of the Czech fans,” Krejcikova said ahead of the Swiatek match. Swiatek and Krejcikova will be going head-to-head for the third time when they meet in the Ostrava final.

The first meeting between Swiatek and Krejcikova came in 2021 Miami, when Swiatek claimed a 6-4 6-2 win over Krejcikova. After meeting in Miami, Swiatek and Krejcikova met the same season at the WTA 1000 event in Rome. In Rome, Krejcikova played much better but Swiatek still escaped with a 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-5 win.

This season, Swiatek has played seven finals and she has won seven titles this year. On the other side, Krejcikova captured her first title of the season last week in Tallinn.

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