Photo: Eric VisintainerPaula Goncalves (BRA)
CAMPINAS, BRAZIL: Competing in her city of birth, Paula Goncalves won her first singles title of 2017 at the weekend.
The top seed said after her win: "It was a really special week for me. It is always really great to play at home with my family and friends cheering, and I am thrilled with this title."
Ranked as high as 95 in February 2016, the Brazilian Fed Cup player has plans on a Top 100 return in doubles but first she is concentrating on singles play as she overcomes recent injury troubles.
"I played a few really big tournaments early in the year and felt some pain on my shoulder once again so my team and I have decided to eliminate my American twist serve, which was my favourite serve especially on the second, so throughout this tournament I could improve my slice serve.
"I feel a little bit of pain, but I have been working on some exercises to strengthen it and minimize as much pain as possible. I do have the goal of returning on playing doubles, but first of all I wait and to feel how my shoulder will be in these next singles tournaments and depending on my recovery, hopefully I will return to the Top 100 in the doubles."
Goncalves also has eyes on the next Grand Slam tournament of 2017, Roland Garros.
Preparation includes three $60K tournaments in the United States and "depending on my results I will also go to Europe to play another two tournaments before Roland Garros."