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Pereira makes history in Brazil

2015-08-03 10:25
Teliana Pereira (Gallo Images)

Florianopolis - Teliana Pereira came alive from 1-all in the third set to beat Germany's Annika Beck and conquer her home tournament, the Brasil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis on Saturday.

The two players were locked at a set apiece and 1-all in that decider when Pereira took it to a whole new level, reeling off five games in a row to win after two hours and 36 minutes, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Earlier this year, by winning the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogotá, Pereira became the third Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title, after Maria Bueno (who won three) and Neige Dias (who won two).

A Brazilian winning in Brazil is even rarer, though. Pereira is just the second Brazilian in the Open Era to win a WTA title in Brazil - Dias achieved the feat once, doing it over in Guaruja in 1987.

Beck won't leave Florianopolis empty-handed, though - on Friday she won the doubles title. Seeded No 4 alongside fellow German Laura Siegemund, she rallied from 3-1 down in the second set - and saved set point in that second set - to edge No 2 seeds María Irigoyen and Paula Kania, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1).

It was Beck's first WTA doubles title, while Siegemund won her second WTA doubles title.

"It was really tough at the end. We had a match point at 5-4," Beck said. "But Laura did a great job in the tie-break in the end, and we're both really happy to bring the doubles title back to Germany!"

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