Jasmine Paolini Stuns Kalinskaya to Win Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Jasmine Paolini Stuns Kalinskaya to Win Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

Italy's Jasmine Paolini has etched her name in tennis history by capturing the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, becoming the second Italian woman to triumph in the prestigious WTA 1000 event.

Paolini's victory over Anna Kalinskaya in an all-unseeded final marked a remarkable turnaround for the 26-year-old, who had lost to her opponent in the fourth round of the Australian Open just last month.

The match was a thrilling affair, with both players showcasing their resilience and determination. Kalinskaya, ranked 40th in the world, appeared poised to claim the title when she led 6-4, 3-1 and served for the championship at 5-4 in the decider.

However, Paolini refused to be denied. She rallied back with unwavering resolve, winning 16 of the last 19 points to secure a stunning 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory.

"I think maybe the key game was when I was down 2-0 in the second set," Paolini said. "I was serving. I said, 'C'mon, you have to try to play every point, you have to try to do something. Just think about simple things. Try to serve more maybe on the backhand, some more speed on the serve, try to move the ball.'"

Paolini's triumph in Dubai is a testament to her hard work and dedication. She has steadily climbed the WTA rankings in recent years and is now poised to break into the Top 15.

"I think every person has her own steps, story," Paolini said. "I need some more time to believe maybe that I could play at this level how I did this week. It's not going to be like this I know every week. It's tough. It's the best players in the world."

Kalinskaya, despite falling short in the final, made history by becoming the first qualifier to reach the championship match of a WTA 1000 event since the format was introduced in 2009. Her impressive run included victories over three Top 10 players, including world No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

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