Sadikovic grabbed the first break of serve at 3-3 in the opening set, and was the dominant player from then on. The 22-year-old champion, who possesses a strong serve, was aggressive and used a variety of shots to keep Dabrowski on her heels.
“I think the difference was that I moved around, I played a lot of volleys,” Sadikovic said. “Because Gabriela, she’s really good running, she gets a lot of balls so if you stay on the baseline – that’s what the other players did, they stayed a lot on the baseline and they missed a lot. And I knew I had to go to move on and to play volleys, and I’m happy everything worked out.”
The six-foot-one competitor fell to her knees and screamed triumphantly after capturing her first $50K tournament. She has won three smaller, $10K events, but Sadikovic’s result in Toronto is her best. She should move into the Top 300 on the WTA rankings for the first time in her career.
“This win gives me a lot of confidence because now I know I can beat every player and I can play at this top level,” Sadikovic said. “Before I beat also Top 100 players but I didn’t beat them consistently, and now I know I can do it and it is giving me a lot of confidence.”
Despite Dabrowski’s loss, her week at the Tevlin Challenger marks the most successful tournament of the Ottawa native’s career. On Friday, she won her third doubles title at the event with Marie-Eve Pelletier, and her appearance in today’s final was her first-ever Challenger championship match. With the 50 ranking points gained from the tournament, she will reach
a new career-high in the Top 400. Currently No. 450, her previous pinnacle was No. 402, achieved in August.
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