Barbora Krejcikova beats Sofia Kenin to claim San Diego title

SAN DIEGO -- Barbora Krejcikova beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday in the San Diego Open for her second title of the year and seventh on the WTA Tour.

Played in cool, cloudy conditions, the match was punctuated by short rallies and inconsistent shot-making by both players until the final set.

Down 4-5 and serving at deuce, Kenin double-faulted then hit a forehand wide to give fourth-seeded Krejcikova the victory.

In addition to the $120,150 winner's check and glass trophy, the 5-foot-10 Krejcikova -- the 2021 French Open winner -- was presented with a shiny new 5-foot-9 surfboard, emblematic of the event's close proximity to the beach.

"I don't know how I'm going to bring all these trophies back home because I only have three bags," said Krejcikova, 27, who describes her style of play as never giving up. "But I'm really happy I won."

Krejcikova, of Czechia (widely known in English as the Czech Republic), also won in Dubai in February.

Kenin, 24, competed in her first final since the American was the runner-up at the 2020 French Open.

"Of course, I'm disappointed," said the unseeded Kenin, who is ranked No. 93. "But last year I lost in the first round and this year I got to the finals against Barbora, who's a great player."

Held for the second straight year, the San Diego Open is a WTA 500 event with a total purse of $780,637 and 500 ranking points.