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Roland-Garros: Beatriz Haddad Maia surprises Jabeur and makes history


Highlights: Roland Garros women's singles final was won by Ana Ivanovic of Croatia. The match lasted nearly four hours. It was the first time in the history of the Grand Slams that a woman had won the title. The last time it happened was in 1973, when Martina Navratilova won the women's title. It is the third time in history that a women has won the men's singles title at Roland Garros. The previous two times were in 1973 and 1974.

By dominating Ons Jabeur 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals, Beatriz Haddad Maia became the first Brazilian to reach the last four of a Grand Slam.

Twelfth player in the WTA rankings, Haddad Maia invites herself to the semifinals Porte d'Auteuil, while she had never managed to pass the second round of a Major. The native of Sao Paulo took advantage, in this part of the table, of the early forfeit of the Kazakh Elena Rybakina, whom she could have faced in eighth. She had dominated Spain's Sara Sorribes in an epic match, completed in nearly four hours (3 h 51 min). The third longest women's singles in tournament history. This Wednesday she dominated an Ons Jabeur, visibly diminished in the last act.

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  • Roland Garros Men's Singles
  • Roland Garros Women's Singles

Beatriz Haddad Maia has been able to revive her career hampered by injuries and a suspension for doping. In July 2019, the tall left-hander (1.85 m) tested positive for anabolics, and had to serve a ten-month suspension. However, his lawyers managed to prove that it was an error of the pharmacy that provided him with dietary supplements at the time.

Of Lebanese origin by his great-grandmother, Haddad Maia follows in the footsteps of his illustrious compatriot Gustavo Kuerten, winner three times on Parisian ochre (1997, 2000 and 2001).

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-06-07

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