Poland Open: Maryna Zanevska hoists first title in Gdynia

Maryna Zanevska defeated Kristina Kucova to win her first WTA title at the Poland Open on Sunday. The Belgian pipped the Slovakian 6-4, 7-6(4) in a final that was contested between two players who were making their debut in a WTA final.

Kucova started off strongly across both sets and led by a double break but was thwarted by her opponent, who made decisive comebacks to wrap up the match in her favour. In the second set, after she’d broken back Kucova, Zanevska secured a third break and even served for the match in the ninth game. But she was thwarted and was broken back. However, Kucova faced match points while serving in the 12th game but she staved them all. In the tie-break though, Zanevska had three more match points and while she wasn’t able to convert on the fifth, she did well to claim the title on her sixth match point.

Poland Open: Maryna Zanevska’s the last say

On-court, during the presentation ceremony, Zanevska shared, “Today, I was living my dream. It’s such an amazing moment for me. There are so many things right now in my head, and it’s tough to actually put all the thoughts together.”

She then said, “Today I started my match not the greatest, 0-3, didn’t feel amazing, quite stressful. But then I heard sometimes [from the crowd], ‘Maryna, hey, let’s go!’ It gave me such an inspiration to actually give a boost and do it better.”

Maryna Zanevska has now won eight of the last nine matches she’s played. Last week, at the Ladies Open Lausanne, she reached the semi-finals of a WTA tournament for the first time in her career. Following her triumphs at the Poland Open this week, she broke back into the top-120 of the WTA singles ranking, in the 113th spot. Her career-high is no. 105.

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