Beatriz Haddad Maia credits Brazilian fans after beating Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic



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Beatriz Haddad Maia credits Brazilian fans after beating Iga Swiatek, Belinda Bencic

Beatriz Haddad Maia gave credit to Brazilian supporters after clinching yet another upset victory. On Friday, Haddad Maia recovered from a set down to upset Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Belinda Bencic 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the Toronto quarterfinal.

Prior to the Bencic match, Haddad Maia upset 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez and first-seeded Iga Swiatek. At the age of 26, Haddad Maia is playing the tennis of her life and she is enjoying a career-high of No. 24.

When the WTA list gets updated this Monday, Haddad Maia will be a top-20 player for the first time in her career. “It's nice because Brazil is huge, so we have Brazilians everywhere. So I always feel the energy.

Someone is always screaming, ‘Vamos Beatriz.’ And today I saw a lot of Brazilian flags. And I feel very proud of us,” Haddad Maia said, per the WTA website.

Haddad Maia sent Swiatek packing out of Toronto

Haddad Maia is enjoying by far her best season on the Tour.

This year, she has won her first three WTA titles. On Thursday, Haddad Maia experienced another great moment in 2022 when she stunned Swiatek 6-4 3-6 7-5. “I knew that I had to play my best tennis," Haddad Maia said after beating Swiatek.

"And also she could beat me, even if I was playing well. So I was trying to play every single point without excuse. I was trying to forget about what I did wrong, about the mistakes, and just go for it. I was just trying to live in the present.

To play point by point. The weather conditions we don't control, we can't control. So it's not something that I can manage. So I need to deal with. And, yeah, I think I did a good mental job." Haddad Maia will now certainly be hoping to make her first big Grand Slam result at the US Open. A bit surprisingly, Haddad Maia has never made it past the second round of a Grand Slam.