Spanish tennis player Sara Sorribes Tormo secured her second career singles title at Tennis in the Land, Cleveland, after entering the tournament as a lucky loser.
Ranked No. 95 in the world, Sorribes Tormo showcased her resilience by overcoming a 4-2 deficit in the second set and a 4-3 lag in the third set against fourth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia.
Sorribes Tormo clinched victory by breaking Alexandrova twice to wrap up each set, sealing her win with her fourth match point in a 2-hour and 27-minute match at the WTA 250 event.
Facing the possibility of defeat, Sorribes Tormo credited her family's advice to fight and stay engaged in the match, utilizing her running abilities to her advantage.
Sorribes Tormo's championship victory followed an emotional trajectory. She was nearly eliminated in the qualifying round but got a second chance when additional spots opened up due to withdrawals.
When Irina-Camelia Begu withdrew, Sorribes Tormo found herself with another opportunity to compete. She chose to enter the draw and eventually emerged victorious.
Sorribes Tormo's victory made her the sixth lucky loser in WTA history to win a singles title, adding an exceptional accomplishment to her career.
Prior to this win, Sorribes Tormo's last singles title was secured in 2021 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Reflecting on her journey, Sorribes Tormo expressed gratitude for the turnaround, highlighting the unpredictability of sports by mentioning the term "Believeland."
Ekaterina Alexandrova praised Sorribes Tormo's exceptional performance throughout the week, recognizing her opponent's incredible achievement and the enjoyable nature of the tournament for all players involved.
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