21 Aug 2017

Zanevska collects first $100k crown in Vancouver

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Photo: Andrei Golovanov/Sergei KivrinMaryna Zanevska (BEL)

Maryna Zanevska picked up the biggest title of her career on Sunday, defeating Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in three sets to win the $100k ITF Women’s Circuit event in Vancouver.

The 23-year-old Belgian recovered from the loss of the opening set to defeat Kovinic 57 61 63 and secure her first title above the $50k level – the 15th singles title of her career on the ITF Pro Circuit and her first since winning in Jous-Les-Tours, France last October.

“I’m super happy right now, if someone had told me before the tournament that I was going to win it, I would have said, ‘That’s a good joke!’” said Zanevska, who entered the event ranked at No. 128. 

By virtue of her triumph, Zanevska climbed to a career-high ranking of No. 105 on Monday, two spots higher than the previous high of No. 107 she managed in September 2013.  

While it was her first singles triumph at $100k level, Vancouver is proving a happy hunting ground for the Belgian, who won the doubles title alongside Sharon Fichman at the same venue in 2013.

This year’s doubles crown went to Australian Jessica Moore and Great Britain’s Jocelyn Rae who, as No. 4 seeds, combined to defeat American Desirae Krawczyk and Mexico’s Giuliana Olmos 61 75.

“I think we played unbelievable to be honest, we were just on fire, playing point by point, and had great energy," said Moore. "It’s our third week playing together and we’re just having so much fun and I think that helps – just having fun out there.”

It was a first triumph at $100k level for either player, with Moore winning her 25th doubles crown on the Pro Circuit and Rae securing her 23rd doubles title – and first alongside a player other than former partner Anna Smith since 2010.