Anastasija Sevastova, the Latvian tennis player, heralded her return to professional tennis with a resounding victory at the Andorra "WTA 125" tournament, following a nearly two-year hiatus. The currently unranked Sevastova demonstrated her prowess on the court by defeating Irena Burillo-Escorihuela of Spain (WTA 260) with a scoreline of 6-7 (6:8), 6-2, 6-1.
Sevastova's Triumphant Return
Sevastova's win in the first round has earned her 15 WTA ranking points, effectively making her eligible to re-enter the rankings. This significant achievement is likely to place her close to the top thousand. In the next round, she faces a challenging opponent in the form of the fourth-seeded Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine (WTA 106).
A Match of High Stakes
In the first set, Sevastova orchestrated a comeback from a 2-5 deficit, saving two set points and forcing a tiebreak. Despite her valiant efforts in saving two more set points during the tiebreak, Burillo-Escorihuela managed to clinch it 8-6. Unfazed, Sevastova dominated the following two sets, breaking her opponent's serve early and maintaining the lead to claim victory in both sets and the match.
Sevastova's Career and Future Prospects
This was the maiden match between the two players. Burillo-Escorihuela has had a decent run this year, winning 29 of 61 matches, predominantly in ITF circuit tournaments where she bagged four titles. The 33-year-old Sevastova had last participated in a professional tennis match almost two years ago and was granted a wildcard entry for the Andorra competition. Over her career, she has clinched four WTA titles and reached the finals of four other tournaments in 2016 and 2018. Her best Grand Slam performance was reaching the semifinals of the US Open in 2018, following quarterfinal appearances in the two preceding years. In the same year, she also achieved her career-high WTA ranking of 11th. With her recent victory, Sevastova has reaffirmed her intent and drive to climb the ranks once again.