Brazilian Haddad Maia reaches her first WTA 1,000 final

the brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maianumber 24 in the world ranking, beat the Czech Karolina Pliskova, number 14, this Saturday 6-4 and 7-6(7), and qualified for the final of the Toronto tournament, the first of her career in a WTA 1,000.

Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian to reach a final in a WTA 1,000 tournament and will fight this Sunday against the Romanian Simona Halep, who eliminated the American Jessica Pegula.

The Brazilian player, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1996, is the protagonist of an extraordinary tournament, in which she was also able to eliminate the Polish Iga Swiatek, number 1 in the world.

She has already 17 wins on the circuit since last June, the second best mark behind the twenty wins of the French Carolina Garcia.

She outclassed a Pliskova who had noticeably more experience at this point in the 1,000 tournaments, by playing her 13th semi-final. In addition, the Czech had been a finalist last year in this tournament, played in Montreal.

Haddad Maia made the most of her brilliant start on serve, earning two breaks against Pliskova in the first and fifth games to work her way to 6-4.

She also had the merit of not giving up fighting in the second set, when Pliskova seemed to have the game under control.

The Czech escaped to 5-2, but at that moment she got stuck and lost her serve at 5-4 in favor, when she served to tie the match.

Haddad Maia forced the tiebreak and annulled a set point at 6-7 before sealing his ticket to the final at 9-7.

He will face Halep this Sunday, against whom he has a balance of two defeats for a single victory.



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