Darja Semenistaja celebrates after her victory© X (formerly Twitter)
Latvian Darja Semenistaja won the biggest singles title of her career so far after winning the Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series Tennis Championships, organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Sunday. . The 21-year-old from Latvia came from a set down to save a match point late in the second set before gaining the upper hand over fellow Southpaw Storm Hunter of Australia in a two-and-a-half hour battle. Semenistaja eventually won 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2 to win the title and continue her purple patch on Indian soil in 2024. The Latvian won an ITF W50 title in Bengaluru last month and has also claimed two ITF doubles. titles in the country before ending her run with the title in Mumbai this week.
Earlier on Sunday, second seeds Dalila Jakupovic/Sabrina Santamaria clinched the doubles title, ending the hopes of India's No. 1 Prarthana Thombare and Netherlands' Arianne Hartono.
The second-seeded Slovenian-American duo won the first set 6-4 before Thombare and Hartono made an early break to lead 2-0 in the second. However, Jakupovic and Santamaria fought back to win six of the last seven matches and complete the 6-4, 6-3 win in one hour and 25 minutes. Jakupovic was also a singles finalist at this tournament in 2017 when she lost to reigning Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.
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