Pia Haddad Maya had made her way through history by reaching the final of the Australian Open. Along with Kazakh Anna Danielina, the Brazilian achieved a major breakthrough when he became the first Brazilian to reach the final in Melbourne in the Open Era. But the title did not come this time. Even with the strong presence of the Brazilians in the arena, Villa ended up losing to current Olympic champions and the best in the world, Czechs Barbora Krejsikova and Katerina Siniakova, in two sets to 1, and in parts 6/7, 6/4 and 6/4 at Rod Laver Arena.
Pia Haddad in the Australian Open quarter-finals – Photo: Robert Prang/Getty Images
In addition to the top leaderboards, Kryjsikova and Sinyakova were runners-up at last year’s Australian Open. The Czechs won their fourth Grand Slam title. Previously, they were champions at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2021, and at Wimbledon in 2018.
After the match, Piya spoke about the excellent campaign at the Australian Open,
– I wanted to thank everyone who came here from Brazil. I am not Australian, but today I felt at home here. Today was a very special day. I want to thank Anna for everything I learned from her. There have been eight matches in three groups and we have always given our best here. Of course, it wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but we did our best – most notably Bea, who moved several times in the ceremony speech.
This was Pea’s first match against the Czech Republic on the professional circuit. But the three have met before in the Junior Grand Slam final. In 2013, Krijsikova and Sinyakova defeated Brazilian and Ecuadorean Domenica Gonzalez and took the title.
Besides Pia, Danilina also made history. The tennis player was born in Russia, but received Kazakh citizenship, and is the first player in the country to reach a Grand Slam final. At the age of 26, he specialized in doubles disputes. It currently ranks 53rd in the ranking.
Anna Danlina and Pia Haddad were doubles champions at the WTA 500 in Sydney – Photo: Reproduction/Instagram
Pia became the first Brazilian to reach the finals of the Australian Open in the Open Era, which began in 1968. In addition, she had the best women’s result in the country since the 1965 semi-finals of Maria Esther Bueno, who won the 1960 doubles and was the sprinter-in 1965 in the individual tournament. In the major tournaments in general, the taboo in women’s tennis is less: 54 years since Maria Esther Bueno, in 1968, conquered doubles at the US Open.
Bia and Danilina are having a great time. They were the WTA 500 champions in Sydney and had five wins in Melbourne.
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