Pia Haddad is going down in history day by day at the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto. On Saturday, the Brazilian defeated 14th-ranked Karolina Pliskova, with two sets below zero, partial 6/4 and 7/6 (9/7), and secured her place in the final of the competition. This is the first time a Brazilian has been in the 1000 championship finale. In the first set, the Brazilian actually opened up front and managed to hold it. But in the second, he was losing by 5 to 2, but was looking for a comeback.
The final will be played on Sunday, starting at 14:30 (Brazilian time), against Romanian Simona Halep, who beat American Jessica Pegula in the other semi-final, by two sets to one. Pia has played against Halep three times with one win and two losses under her belt.
Pia Haddad in the WTA semi-finals in Toronto – Photo: Getty Images
To achieve this feat, Pia needed to defeat the big names in world tennis. on Friday, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic is off the road. Before that, he played against the Italian Martina Trivian (26), the Canadian Leila Fernandez (13) and the leader of the Polish ranking Iga Swiatek in a duel that entered the history of Brazilian tennis. Piya was the first tennis player in the country to win the world number one spot.
With the historic campaign in Toronto, Bea secured a leap in the women’s world rankings. If he’s a champ, he’ll move up to 14th. If he loses, he will be in 16th place. The Brazilian day is the 24th.
Pia started with her right foot. In the first match, Pliskova stunned and broke the opponent’s serve. The Czech was upset, and the Brazilian gained even more confidence. Pella kept her serve well, breaking the opponent’s serve again in the fifth game, opening 4 to 1. They both confirmed their serve and the score rose to 5 to 2 in favor of the Brazilian.
When it seemed that Piya would easily take the group, Pliskova decided to play along. The eighth match was highly contentious, as the Brazilian had three partial closing opportunities and the Czech risked everything to come back and have break opportunities. Which is what happened on the fourth attempt. Pliskova then confirmed the match and pressed Villa 5 to 4. But the Brazilian was very calm on the field. He sent well, didn’t give the chance and closed the set at 6-4.
Pia remained calm even in the worst moments of the match – Image: Getty Images
Pliskova started the second set better. He secured the serve and broke Pia’s serve in the second half. The two went to confirm their services, which is bad news for Bea, who needed a break. The Czech made it 5-2, Pella held steady and confirmed the serve to make it 5-3 and Pliskova sent the ball into the set. But in the H watch, Bea grew up, saved the setpoint, and even broke the contender’s service. from 5 to 4.
Confident that Pia performed well and did not give her opponent a chance in the 10th inning, she left everything level at 5 to 5. In the next two games, both fought a lot, but managed to confirm their services: 6 to 6. In the tiebreak, a lot of passion. The two got two terms each. Piya scored the match point at 6-5, but Pliskova served well and saved. Then it was the Czechs’ turn for a set point, but Pia saved her, too. On the second match point, the Czech was already very tired, after a lot of running throughout the match. Pressed, she missed serve and awarded the win to Pia.
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