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Krejcikova downs Kenin to claim San Diego Open crown

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Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic has beaten Sofia Kenin of the United States 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the San Diego Open for her second victory 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.

The 2020 Australian Open winner was presented with a shiny new surfboard, emblematic of the event's close proximity to the beach.

Krejcikova also won in Dubai in February.

Kenin competed in her first final since she was was runner-up in 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."