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Beatriz Haddad Maia wins first WTA singles title in Nottingham

Beatriz Haddad Maia celebrates after winning her singles final against Alison Riske. (Tim Goode/PA Images via Getty Images)

Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil clinched her first WTA singles title Sunday, downing Alison Riske of the United States 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to win the Nottingham Open.

The final, which lasted two hours and 18 minutes, was closely contested, with Haddad Maia edging Riske by winning 72.7 percent of her first-serve points.

Sunday’s victory makes Haddad Maia only the second Brazilian women’s player to win a grass-court title in the Open Era since Maria Bueno did so in 1968.

In her run to the Nottingham trophy, Haddad Maia notably bounced world No. 5 Maria Sakkari in the tournament’s quarterfinal. The 26-year-old Brazilian is currently ranked 48th in singles and 33rd in doubles.