WTA Mallorca: Tatjana Maria tops Sevastova for her first WTA title



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WTA Mallorca: Tatjana Maria tops Sevastova for her first WTA title

World number 79 Tatjana Maria had made her first professional steps back in 2001 and she needed 17 years to finally conquer her first WTA title, defeating the 3rd seed and the defending champion Anastasija Sevastova 6-4 7-5 in an hour and 35 minutes. It was a close encounter, with 10 break points for each player, and the German saved eight break points to limit the damage in her games, scoring four breaks on the other side to bring the match home in straight sets and start a celebration with her husband and daughter who were there to support her.

Tatjana mixed up her game nicely, using slices and net approaches to take the rhythm out of Sevastova and she also defended her second serve more efficiently, coming from 4-0 down in the second set to emerge as a winner and get her hands on the trophy.

Anastasija had to dig deep already in her opening service game, fending off three break points before creating two chances on the return in game five. Maria stayed focused to take them off and she did the same in game nine when she saved three break chances to avoid a late setback and to push the pressure back to the other side of the net.

Sevastova couldn't endure it, losing serve at 15 to drop the opener 6-4 and having a lot of work to be done in the rest of the match if she wanted to defend the title. Things started to look much better for her in set number two, racing into a 4-0 lead before Tatjana produced a great comeback, dropping just six points in the following five games to make a turnaround and take a 5-4 lead, forcing Sevastova to serve to stay in the match.

With no rhythm or momentum, Anastasija saved two match points in that 10th game but she couldn't do the same a few minutes later, getting broken at 5-6 to end on the losing side and hand the title to her rival after a backhand that she sent long. Final result:

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