25-year-old Alexandrova came into ‘s-Hertogenbosch’ amid a strong 2022 campaign. His win over Sabalenka was his second Top 10 win of the season and his 20th win of the year. She leaves the Netherlands with her first grass title, the first title since winning 2017 Shenzhen, and a strong 20-11 record in the year.
Alexandrova lost just one set en route to her first final of the season. She recorded victories over Dayana Yastremska, Angelina Kalinina, Katy McNally and Veronika Kudermatova. They have lost a total of five games in their last two matches in Sunday’s match.
Confidence proved crucial for Alexandrova, who built her return to run away with the title. Sabalenka opened the final well, taking a 4-2 lead after breaking Alexandrova in the longest game of the match. But Sabalenka would win just one more game. Alexandrova quickly returned 4–3 and faced just one break point for the remainder of the match.
Sabalenka’s groundstrokes bowed as Alexandrova began to roll through her service game. Alexandrova hit just three more winners than Sabalenka in the match, 16 vs 13. But he also kept a clean sheet, with 18 unforced errors for Sabalenka at 31.
“Grass is a hard surface for everyone because bounce is unpredictable. You just need to try to do your best in every single shot because you don’t know what’s going to happen next,” Alexandrova said.
“When I played the first match here, I never expected to play the final here and win the title. It was too bad, I couldn’t hit anything inside the court. But match by match, it was easy to find the rhythm and Find the game. In the last match, I found it, and I tried to keep it throughout the match,” he added.
World number 6 Sabalenka was playing her second final in the past two months. A finalist at 2018 Eastbourne and a semifinalist at Wimbledon last summer, Sabalenka is still on the hunt for her first grass-court title and first title of the season.
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