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!"