Eastbourne (United Kingdom) – The 15th winner of the Eastbourne WTA 500, Sao Paulo Beatriz Haddad Maia came out on top in the second round, opening the campaign this Tuesday against the Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who was his last tormentor. But now number 1 in Brazil took advantage of that major phase and scored his 11th consecutive victory, scoring 6/4, 3/6 and 6/3, in 2h25 after leaving.
In the round of 16, the Brazilian has everything to challenge the main title candidate in the competition, Spaniard Paula Badosa. However, for this duel to take place, the current 4th number in the world needs to emphasize preference in front of host Jodie Anna Burrage.
Champion in Nottingham and Birmingham, the southpaw from São Paulo won 12 of the 15 sets of three sets he has played in the current season, the best record at the WTA in 2022. This was also his sixth consecutive victory against the top 50. He won. eight out of 10. final fight against the top 50 and this year they have 8 wins and 8 losses against rivals in this category.
Beer could not start well in the match, starting with a break in the first game. With 68% of matches, Paulista scored the only break points in the fourth game, saving the two he faced. In the other, he passed without fear and won the final 1-0.
🇺🇸 Beatriz Haddad Maia wins her 11th consecutive wrestling match on the grass – the first woman to do so since Serena Williams (won 20 of Wimbledon 2015-2018)!#RothesayInternational pic.twitter.com/3FJO7kvhA4
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A slight decrease in service utilization to 62% was enough to make São Paulo’s left hand take a worse turn in the second half. This time it was Kanepi who got off to a good start and won the first three games of the tournament. The Estonian still missed a break in the fourth game, to widen the gap, but held on and closed the game.
In the third and final set, the balance remained and a few points ended up defining the winner. After each tennis player saved two break points between the third and fourth game, in the sixth it was Beer’s turn to win a crucial break to open 4/2.
Closing the game was not easy for Beer, who scored 40-15 in the previous game, but lost two points in a row. Then trouble came, needing to save four break points to avoid a response from Kanepi. The next chance she had to score a victory, the São Paulo woman finally got it and defined her 11th consecutive victory.
The Brazilian scored the game with seven acres and four counts twice, proving he forced the first match. Thus, the hit rate was 59%, and 63% of these points expired. However, he saved 11 points out of 12 he faced.