Haddad Maia, the first Brazilian to beat a Top 3 in the Open Era


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Haddad Maia, the first Brazilian to beat a Top 3 in the Open Era

Beatriz Haddad Maia (115th) hit the table in Indian Wells against Karolina Pliskova: she defeated her 6-3, 7-5 and became the first Brazilian to beat a Top 3 in the Open Era to get into the last 16 of the last WTA 100 of the year.

When it has to be, it is. Haddad Maia, 25, had lost to Usue Arconada (American of Argentine roots) in the last round of qualifying, but due to the loss of Nadia Podoroska he entered as a lucky loser from the second round, he beat Mayar Sherif (72nd ) and achieved a historic triumph against Pliskova, finalist of Wimbledon 2021, first seeded and three in the world. The best of a tennis player from her country.

Beyond this major surprise, the last thirteen months of the left-hander have been a faithful reflection of what he is capable of doing. In August of last year, he returned to the circuit after a 10-month suspension for doping and was in the position 1340 of the ranking; With 91 wins from 111 games, 9 ITF titles and this resounding win over one of the best on tour, she will return to the Top 100 when the rankings are updated.

In search of continuing to recall his best time in which he reached 58th place, reached a WTA final and won against players like Garbiñe Muguruza, Haddad Maia will face the Estonian Anett Kontaveit (20th), of fabulous walk, in search of the quarterfinals.


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