While the week’s attention was on the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 event and the Fed Cup tournament action around the world, an unseeded player took part in her own emphatic week on the WTA tour as she stormed through the draw to her historic title win in Bogota.
Teliana Pereira, an unseeded Brazilian competitor, became the first player from her nation to win a WTA title in 27 years. She defeated fifth seed Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets 7-6(2), 6-1.
“This has been the best week of my life,” an overjoyed Pereira said after the match. “When I was training, I always dreamt of winning a WTA championship, and now I’ve done it. Playing the Medellín challenger before this was very important to me because there was a little altitude there, too, and that helped me get ready for the conditions here. I think I played very well all week.
“I felt very solid all week and I’m so happy to win my first WTA title here in Bogotá.”
Pereira is now the first woman since 1988 to win a title for Brazil. The previous woman to hold such an honour was Neige Dias won a title in Barcelona.
“I’ve never seen her, but I know her name,” she said, “because two years ago when I made the semifinals here, it was a big result for Brazil and I heard her name.”