Beatriz Haddad Maia reflects on winning her first WTA title in Nottingham

Brazilian tennis player Beatriz Haddad Maia was all thrilled after an “amazing week” in Nottingham as the 26-year-old is hoping to clinch more strong results in the rest of the grass season. 

Haddad Maia wasn’t among top favorites for the Nottingham title at the start of the tournament but she was giving her absolute best in every match and it paid off massively. 

On Sunday, Haddad Maia beat sixth-seeded Alison Riske in the Nottingham final 6-4 1-6 6-3 to lift her first WTA title.

En route to winning Nottingham, Riske also defeated top-seeded Maria Sakkari, Wang Qiang, Yuriko Miyazaki and Tereza Martincova. 

“It’s an amazing week, I couldn’t expect a better start on grass,” Haddad Maia said after winning the title. “I was just fighting, I was just pushing myself every single point, every single match. Grass is a special moment, we don’t have a lot of tournaments on grass, so it’s time to improve and be aggressive. On grass courts, it’s better to do that, so I will just keep doing that for my [doubles final], and after the doubles, next week in Birmingham, Eastbourne, and Wimbledon.”

Haddad Maia overcame Riske in three sets to win Nottingham

Haddad Maia got off to a good start to the match, breaking Riske in the third game for a 2-1 lead. 

One break of serve was enough for Haddad Maia, who held on to her serve the rest of the first set to seal the opener.

After losing the first set, Riske responded in a strong way as she started the second set with a 5-0 lead. 

Haddad Maia served out the sixth game to end Riske’s run of five consecutive games, but it didn’t change much, as the American served out for the second set in the seventh game.

After winning the second set, Riske earned the first break of the third set in the third game to open a 2-1 lead. 

Down by a break in the decider, Haddad Maia responded well as she broke Riske in the fourth and eighth games to overturn the deficit and earn a three-set win.