Dubai tennis: Sorana Cirstea, Beatriz Haddad Maia play longest match of WTA 2023

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Dubai: Cirstea, Maia play longest match of WTA 2023

Romania’s Sorana Cirstea got through to round two after a marathon 3-hour and 29-minute victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia: the longest match of 2023 WTA season at the Dubai Dubai Free Tennis Championships on Monday (February 20).

Cirstea, the World No.70, recorded the biggest shock of the women’s WTA1000 event so far when she battled back from a set down, and saved two match points in the second set to prevail 4-6 7-6 (7) 6-4 against 11th seed Maia.

The first eight games of match went with serve in a back-and-forth encounter, before Maia turned on the power to break in game nine before holding serve to take the first set. The second set mirrored the first with minima openings for either player. In the tiebreak, Maia looked on course for victory until Cirstea found something extra, saved match point and turned the tables to force a deciding set.

Unflustered at missing chances to close the match, Maia raced into a 4-1 lead before a resurgent Cirstea won five games in a row to seal a memorable victory. At 3 hours and 29 minutes on court, the pair delivered the 2023 WTA season’s longest match.

“I wasn’t planning to break the record to be honest. I fought really hard today and have nothing left,” said an exhausted but delighted Cirstea. “Beatriz played amazing and sometimes tennis is not fair. You play for three and a half hours and the difference is a point. But this is tennis, I’m happy to come out on the winning side and I’m proud of the way I fought. This is what tennis is all about.” ICA/Expat Media


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