Darja Semenistaja celebrating after her win© X (formerly Twitter)
Latvia's Darja Semenistaja won the biggest singles title of her career so far by winning the Mumbai Open WTA 125K Series Tennis Championship organized by Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and Cricket Club of India (CCI) on Sunday. The 21-year-old Latvian came back from a set down to save a match point at the end of the second set and then prevailed over Australian teammate Storm Hunter in a two-and-a-half-hour battle. Semenistaja eventually prevailed 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-2 to clinch the title and continue her purple patch on Indian soil in 2024. The Latvian won the ITF W50 title in Bengaluru last month and has also claimed two ITF doubles. won titles in the country before completing their run with the Mumbai title this week.
Earlier on Sunday, second seeds Delilah Jakupovic/Sabrina Santamaria ended the hopes of India No. 1 Prarthana Thombare and Dutchwoman Ariane Hartono by capturing the doubles title.
The second-seeded Slovenian-American pair won the first set 6–4, before Thombare and Hartono took an early break to take a 2–0 lead in the second set. However, Jakupovic and Santamaria battled back, winning six of the last seven games and winning 6–4, 6–3 in an hour and 25 minutes. Jakupovic was also a finalist in the singles event at this tournament in 2017, when she lost to defending Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka.
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