Doha: Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro came from a set behind against Latvian teenager Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday to win the Qatar Open, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Spanish Carla Suarez Navarro celebrates after defeating Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during their Qatar Open final match in Doha, Qatar on Saturday. Pic/AFP
It was only her second ever WTA singles title and means she will climb five places to become the world number six, her highest ever, when the latest rankings are released today.
The hard-fought victory, over one hour and 51 minutes, was also sweet revenge for the Spaniard after she was knocked out of Wimbledon in the first round last year by Ostapenko. The 27-year-old described her victory as "magical". "It means a lot, this tournament was really tough," said Suarez Navarro.
"The best players in the world were here, you have to play every day, its not easy. "It's a amazing, a dream come true," she added.
"I was in the top 10 (before), but the number six, it's a special number."