Barbora Krejcikova expressed her hope that her recent victory in Dubai will serve as a turning point for her singles career, which has been plagued by injuries throughout 2022 and has caused her to slide down the world rankings.
Krejcikova has achieved significant success in doubles, but it was in singles that she made her mark on the Grand Slam stage by winning the 2021 Roland Garros title and reaching the number two ranking the following year. However, an elbow injury hindered her performance in the first half of 2022, resulting in several months on the sidelines. Although she managed to secure titles in Tallinn and Ostrava, a wrist problem resurfaced towards the end of the season.
Following her victory over top-ranked player Iga Swiatek in the Dubai final, Krejcikova will experience a significant climb in the rankings, moving from number 30 to 16 on Monday. Reflecting on her challenging 2022, she acknowledged the difficulties she faced and struggled to find her game until the end of the season. However, during the off-season, she focused on rehabilitation and gradually regained her form.
Krejcikova expressed her delight at achieving significant success in Dubai and emphasized the importance of being healthy and continuously improving her game. She believes that by staying injury-free and dedicated to her practice, she can achieve great things. She is thrilled to have won the trophy and hopes that this victory will help her regain her rightful place in the rankings.
The Dubai tournament holds a special significance for Krejcikova, as it was where she reached the final two years ago but fell short to Garbine Muguruza. She expressed her gratitude for the venue and its role in kickstarting her singles career. Looking ahead, Krejcikova aims to continue improving her performance and reaching more finals and significant matches, which she truly enjoys.