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Spotlight - Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor - June 2012


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By  Nick Fishpool

Photo: Susan MullaneMaria Teresa Torro Flor (ESP)

June 2012

 

Young Spaniard Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor is our featured player for June. The 20-year-old collected singles titles in three different nations during the course of the month including one at the $50,000 prize money level for the first time.

Torro-Flor began the month in the qualifying event for a $25,000 tournament in the Czech Republic city of Zlin and qualified with ease for the main draw thanks to a 62 62 win and then being given a Walkover win.

During her opening round match her eighth seeded Canadian opponent, Heidi El Tabakh, retired with Torro-Flor leading 62 3-1.

Victory then followed in the next two rounds over Czech opponents, the second of which saw her come back from a set down to reach the semifinal. Colombia’s Catalina Castano, who had defeated the top seed in round two, was her opponent in the battle for a place in the final.

Castano’s impressive defeat of the number one seed did not affect Torro-Flor who dismissed the Colombian’s challenge in straight sets, 62 63, to move into her second singles final of the year.

A fellow qualifier, Jasmina Tinjic of Bosnia & Herzegovina, now stood between her and the title.

Torro-Flor struck first to lead 61 and seemed on course to end this match quickly but Tinjic responded well and levelled the match by taking the second set 61. The final set was to be another to feature seven games as Torro-Flor raced to victory.

The second of her three tournaments this month took place in the city of Craiova in Romania. This tournament was at the $50,000 prize money level and Torro-Flor was straight into the main draw.

After opening with a 63 60 win, Torro-Flor took on the sixth seed, Lina Stancuite where she took the first set on a tie break 7-2. The win was then secured 61 in what was to be the first of five consecutive sets, including both sets of her semifinal defeat of the number eight seed, that would see her lose just the one game.

In the final she took on Romanian Cristina-Andreea Mitu and the Spaniard claimed her second title with a 63 64 win to emerge from the week without loss of a set.

Torro-Flor then had a month away from the ITF Pro Circuit but returned in the final week of the month for a $25,000 tournament in the Italian capital of Rome.

Here she was once again in the position of having to qualify for the main event. A first round Bye set her up with a final match - against an Italian Wild Card entrant for a place in the main draw - where Torro-Flor survived a first set scare to eventually romp to qualification, recording a 67(11) 60 60 win.

For the main draw she found herself named as the eighth seed and a quick 61 62 first round win brought about a second round clash with her opponent from the Craiova final, Cristina-Andreea Mitu. The Romanian, however, failed in her attempt to avenge her loss in that final as Torro-Flor ran out a 64 61 winner.

Another quick fire victory, 60 62, followed to take her into the semifinal and a first match against seeded opposition in sixth seed Margalita Chakhnashvili from Georgia.

The experienced Fed Cup player, 29, was unable to halt Torro-Flor’s progression into yet another final with the Spaniard notching up another straight sets win.

The final match of the month, for the Rome title, was contested between the seventh and eighth seeds. Torro-Flor took the first set 63 against the eighth seeded Croatian Tereza Mrdeza and then wasted little time completing her hat-trick of titles with a 60 second set win.

These titles have seen her now win eight from eleven finals so far in her ITF Pro Circuit career and the all-important ranking points gained elevated her to a new career high WTA singles ranking of 181.



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