From the North of South America on the boarder of Venezuela in the City of Cucuta in Colombia 19 year old Maria Camila Osario Serrano won her first WTA title 600km south of Cucuta in Bogota.
It has been quite the week for the teenager at her home tournament. Maria who won the 2019 US Open Junior Final dropping just one game has sealed a surprise title.
Before this week she has barely featured on the WTA Tour playing most of her tennis on the ITF Tour with just a couple of main draw appearances and three WTA main draw wins in two years.
Maria was rewarded with a wildcard into her home tournament and this fairytale week in Colombia will see her into the top 150 in the world.
En-route to the final the Colombian didn’t drop a set at all in an impressive run and in the final was forced to three sets by 5th seed Tamara Zidansek. It was the Slovenian who took the first set 7-5 against Maria who fought back to win 5-7 6-3 6-4 and lift her first WTA title and on home soil.
Speaking after her win the teenager said:
“It’s been an unreal week for me.”
“I still cannot believe that I won the title.”
“With this tournament, my calendar is going to be more open, I’ll have more options to play bigger tournaments, so I’m super, super happy with this win.”
“And of course that I’m home, with my family, with my friends, with my fans from Colombia.”
“That was my dream, and kind of a goal, to win the tournament.”
Quotes via WTA website
What I love about this run and this story is that win after win we saw Maria have the look on her face of “have I just done that?” she believed in herself and has reaped rewards from it and I hope she continues to climb the rankings and am looking forward to following her story.
Like she said, the calendar opens up for her. To move 30-40 places doesn’t sound too much but the opportunities that will come now could be massive for her, she can set goals and play bigger events. She didn’t have long to celebrate her title win having travelled from Bogota to Charleston where she defeated Magda Linette in three sets in her first match.
On the live rankings she is top 135 now and is looking like sooner rather than later being in the main draw of a Grand Slam.