Anna Karolina Schmiedlova Ends 33-Month Title drought in Bogota
Prior to this week, Schmiedlova last won a WTA match in 2016.
Slovakian underdog Anna Karolina Schmiedlova has completed a fairy-tale week by winning the Bogota Open in Colombia.
The world No.132 entered the tournament seeking her first main draw win in a WTA event since October 2016. She managed to exceed her own expectations at the rain-stricken tournament with a run to the final. Taking on Spanish fifth seed Lara Arruabarrena in Sunday’s final, Schmiedlova powered to a 6-2, 6-4, win. Taking advantage of her opponents below-par service performance. Arruabarrena won just 17% of the points behind her first serve and only managed to win one out of nine service games.
“This was my first WTA in almost three years. I was really happy that I could past the first round and now I have got the trophy – it’s amazing.” Schmiedlova said after the match.
“It was an amazing week for me and thank you everybody (in Bogota) for supporting me.”
Schmiedlova has been ranked as high as 26th in the world back in 2015. Since then a series of poor results has resulted in a dramatic decline in the rankings. At her worst, she went through six months without winning a single match in 2016. Despite the lull that saw her drop to outside the world’s top 200, she managed to regain some form last year on the ITF circuit by claiming a quartet of titles. Something she praises her coach for helping her with.
“I would like to say thank you to my coach who has supported me.” Schmiedlova said. “Not just this week, but for a few years now and he was with me in the bad times. Now he is with me in the better times.”
As a result of her triumph in Colombia, the 23-year-old will go back into the top 100 for the first time since September 2016. She now has three WTA titles to her name.