Badosa defeats Krejcikova to advance to the Sydney championship
Paula Badosa will hold the Australian Open in a bid to gain place in the final of the Sydney Tennis Classic on Saturday.
Badosa, a world number nine, beat Krejcikova en route to clinching the Indian Wells title last year., and secured victory in two hours and 22 minutes.
The Spaniard slashed 12 aces on the way to the third singles title of her career.
Both players broke the ground early on in the contest before Badosa won three games in a row to advance to the opening set.
As Badosa advanced to level at 3-3, Krejcikova pushed hard early in the second set to break but was unable to keep her lead.
In the ninth match, the Czech was rewarded with a break. In the second game, Badosa lost his advantage and revolved in the match.
In the third set, the two traded early breaks, but neither had a clear advantage and a tie-break was required.
Badosa raised her game when it came to the match, leveraging a missing forehand from Krejcikova to transform her second championship title.
Barbora is expected to grow as a player and play against her.
Both players are back in action on Monday, with Badosa taking on local hope Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the Australian Open, while Krejcikova will face Germany's Andrea Petkovic.