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Marino wins first WTA match in seven years
Published Sep 12, 2018
In Quebec City on Tuesday, Rebecca Marino scored her first WTA win in seven years. The 27-year-old beat world No. 62-ranked Tatjana Maria, 6-2, 6-2 to pull off the unique milestone.
The Canadian, once ranked as high as No. 38 in the world, quit the sport at the age of 22, citing online bullying and mental health struggles as her personal reasons. She went to college and picked up a new sport, rowing, before realizing her tennis story wasn't done just yet.
She returned to the tour in January—five years after stepping away in 2013—and she's already back inside the Top 300 with title wins at three ITF $15,000 tournaments and a $25,000 in Winnipeg.
Tuesday marked her first WTA win since October of 2011 when she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Luxembourg. Maria, the No. 7 seed, was a defending semifinalist in Quebec City.