Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor wins her first WTA Title in Marrakech

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The Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem was played on the clay courts of Marrakech, Morrocco, and ended on Sunday afternoon after the final match between two unseeded players – Romina Oprandi of Switzerland and Maria-Teresa Torro Flor of Spain. The Swiss 101st ranked player battled in her first and second round matches, against a lucky loser and a qualifier, winning both in three close sets. She then took out 3rd seed Yvonne Meusberger in the quarters in straights and followed that win by ousting top seeded Daniela Hantuchova in three in the semis. Torro Flor, ranked at 71, beat 4th seeded Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2 in her first round, followed by a 6-2 6-1 win in the second round. She won in two tie breakers against Polona Hercog in the quarters and went on to take out the 5th seed, Garbine Muguruza, in the semis.

The finalists had never played each other; and neither had been to a WTA final before in their careers. The Spaniard took the first set 6-3 with better serve, return and break points saved stats. Oprandi took the second set by the same score line – and for the same reasons. In the decider Torro-Flor took control and ran up a 5-1 lead and served for the championship, but Oprandi broke back and served to stay in the match. This 8th game proved to be hard fought and long before the Swiss held to trail 3-5, but it was to no avail, as the Spaniard served out the set at 6-3 for her first WTA title.

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