05 Sep 2017

VIDEO: Beatriz Haddad Maia: A GSDF success story

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Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, one of the recipients of the inaugural International Player Grand Slam® Grants, is enjoying a successful year. We caught up with her at the US Open to discuss her career to date, goals for the future and what support from the Grand Slam Development Fund means to her.

Although just 21 years old, Haddad Maia has already undergone surgery on her back and shoulder, but is now reaping the benefits of the effort she put into her recovery. She broke the Top 100 in the rankings in May this year and now sits at a career-high No. 71 in the world.

She made her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros this year, and won her first Grand Slam match at Wimbledon, defeating Laura Robson before falling to No. 2 Simona Halep in a closely-fought battle in the second round.

Earlier this year, Haddad Maia was one of the 14 players to be awarded a grant from the Grand Slam Development Fund Committee. The Committee awarded a total sum of $650,000 to players who met specific age, ranking and regional representation criteria and show exceptional potential.

The following six men and six women received $50,000 grants: Christian Garin (CHI), Lloyd Harris (RSA), Ilya Ivashka (BLR), Jurabek Karimov (UZB), Duckhee Lee (KOR), Elias Ymer (SWE), Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA), Ons Jabeur (TUN), Rebecca Peterson (SWE), Sabina Sharipova (UZB), Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) and Renata Zarazua (MEX).

In addition, Jose Statham (NZL) and Abigail Tere-Apisah (PNG) will both receive $25,000 grants as the highest ranked players in the Pacific region to ensure that at least one player from each region receives a grant.