Good things come to those who wait. By defeating top seed Venus Williams in the final of the Coupe Banque Nationale in Quebec City 6-4 6-3, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni has become the WTA personification of this proverb, having won her second WTA title as much as 16 years and four months after her first one. That’s a record gap between WTA titles in women’s tennis.
I’m finally playing the great tennis I always knew I could play, but it had been so long that I kind of lost a little bit of the belief in myself. But now after starting with my new coach Julian Alonso, winning matches and really getting that belief back, I’m just so ready to keep going.
And that’s not all, the 32-year-old also won the doubles title, her first in 16 years as well! Partnered with Lucie Hradecka she defeated second seeds Julia Goerges and Andrea Hlavackova in the final, while in the semis they had ousted top seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.
This comes as a continuation of her recent US Open success, where Lucic-Baroni made a stunning run to the fourth round as a qualifier, recording her biggest career victory by beating world No.2 Simona Halep on the way.
The Croat now holds three WTA titles to her name, the first two being Bol 1997 and 1998. (photo: Jimmie48)
Never has a player deserved a title more than this one as won by Mirjana. After her wonderful US Open campaign (& her teary interview) finally she has been rewarded. She’s been through some horrible times & now it’s her turn to shine again. I hope she wins a WTA award at the end of the season & shines bright again in 2015. Moral of the story: never, ever give up or lose sight of your dream. Round of applause for Mirjana everyone!
Great example for young players who stop their career after 2-3 years without a big achievement. Be patient, do every-day work and you will succeed at some point! DON’T GIVE UP
Well done Mirjana – what a fantastic result! Hope she keeps winning. So great to have her back!