Beatriz Haddad Maia is celebrating a special win…
The 25-year-old Brazilian tennis player defeated Anna Blinkova 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Sunday to claim the L’ Open 35 de Saint-Malo title.
The world No. 65 and Blinkova both broke twice in a lengthy opening set, with Haddad Maia claiming seven of the last eight points in the tiebreak.
Haddad Maia then went 2-0 up in the second, before Blinkova pulled back to 3-2. However, Blinkova fired wide on a break point at 4-3, allowing Haddad Maia to serve for the title.
“I’m very happy, for sure,” Haddad Maia said. “It’s very special to be back here in Saint-Malo. I was here a few years ago, and I was very proud to come back.
“Most of [this week’s] matches I had to fight more, to be humble, to work very hard and have discipline. So I’m very happy with myself because of that.”