10 Oct 2013

Spotlight - Teliana Pereira - September 2013


By Nick Fishpool

Photo: Federico RuizTeliana Pereira (BRA)

September 2013


25-year-old Brazilian Fed Cup player, Teliana Pereira, is our featured female player for the month of September.

During the month, Pereira competed in three $25,000 prize money tournaments, all on clay, on the ITF Pro Circuit as the top seed.

Her opening tournament began during the second week of the month and took her to Mont-De-Marsan in France where she had finished as runner-up in 2012.

Pereira had to earn her quarterfinal spot the hard way with her opponents taking her to three sets in the opening two rounds.

Eighth seeded Laura Thorpe of France was then seen off in two sets 75 62 which set up a semifinal with French qualifier Kinnie Laisne. A score of 3 and 3 carried Pereira into the final, her third of 2013.

The final provided the crowd with a battle between the top two seeded players as Pereira faced a fourth consecutive French opponent in Pauline Parmentier.

As it turned out, this match saw Pereira concede the least amount of games from the five matches played. After racing through the opening set 61 the match became a more evenly balanced contest but with a 64 second set win, Pereira claimed another title to add to her impressive career haul.

Moving straight on from her triumph in Mont-De-Marsan, the Brazilian saw action in Saint Malo and another title was soon coming her way.

Following opening round wins of 62 60 and 61 63, Pereira came up against Italian seventh seed Alberta Brianti who once ranked as high as 55 in the WTA rankings.

Pereira kept her fine run going though and posted a 63 63 win and then defeated an Italian qualifier in the semifinal in impressive fashion, 61 60.

This win brought about a repeat of the previous week’s final as she once again faced Parmentier for the title. In their last encounter, Pereira raced through the first set 61, this time, however, she took a little longer and recorded a win of 62.

The 25-year old then secured a second successive title win over her French opponent, conceding just the one game in the second set.

To end the month, Pereira was competing in Seville, Spain as the defending champion.

Here, she continued where she left off in France with dominant wins in straight sets. Fellow South American, Andrea Gamiz of Venezuela was first seen off 63 61, then Norway’s Melanie Stokke managed to take just three games, all in the first set before a semifinal place was earned with a 4 and 1 win over fifth seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland.

From here, however, it got a little tougher for Pereira. Her semifinal saw her up against third seeded Frenchwoman Alize Lim and a tiebreak was required to split the two players in the opening set.

Pereira’s only other tiebreak this month had come in the second set of her first round match back in Mont-De-Marsan, and she lost that 7-3.

That wasn’t to be repeated on this occasion as Pereira dropped four points to take it 7-4. Yet another final appearance was then earned when edging a close second set 64.

The title match was an all-South American showdown as Brazil took on Argentina in the form of Pereira vs Florencia Molinero, the seventh seed.

This was to be another tense match for Pereira and, as in the semifinal, a tiebreak would decide the first set. The tiebreak was to be just as close as the games that had led up to it but in the end Pereira prevailed and took it 7-5.

A 63 second set win for Pereira then gave her the title and ensured a successful title defence. This was also the second time in her career that she had claimed three singles titles in as many weeks having also achieved this feat back in March 2007.

Her three title wins this month took her 2013 tally up to five and kept her proud record in finals going. She has now won all seven finals in which she has appeared dating back to her 2012 Seville win.

Her career record in finals is also very impressive with 21 titles from 27 singles finals. On clay alone her record is 19 titles from 24 finals, not bad for someone who lists hard courts as her favoured surface!

Finally, as if winning a hat trick of titles in a month was not enough, Pereira also broke into the WTA Top 100 for the first time when the 30 September 2013 rankings were released with a new personal high of 95.