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Haddad Maia, the first Brazilian to defeat the number 1 since 1984

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Beatriz Haddad Maia (24th in the world ranking) advanced to the quarterfinals of the WTA 1000 in Toronto after defeating the number 1 in the world, Iga Swiatek, 6-4, 3-6 and 7-5. In this way, she became the first player from Brazil to defeat the leader of the ranking since 1984.

The Brazilian is having a spectacular season. Without going any further, she started the year ranked 82nd in the WTA ranking and, currently, she is among the top 30. Also, became the first player from her country to reach the quarterfinals of a WTA 1000.

Haddad Maia’s 2022 is by far his best year. In June she defeated Alison Riske 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 and became champion in Nottingham in what was her first WTA tournament title. However, not everything ended there since a week later, in Birmingham, he was going to get his second trophy after winning the final against Shuai Zhang after the abandonment of his rival in the first set.

Against Swiatek it was her fifth win against a Top Ten player (all five in a row). These were before: Sloane Stephens in Acapulco (2019), Karolina Pliskova in Indian Wells (2021), Maria Sakkar in Miami and Nottingham (2022) and the aforementioned against Iga in Toronto.

For the Polish side, it is the first time that she has lost 3 of her last six games so far this season. After an incredible streak of 37 consecutive victories, Swiatek fell to Alizé Cornet (Wimbledon), Caroline García (Warsaw) and Beatriz Haddad Maia (Toronto). In WTA 1000, the number 1 accumulated 23 consecutive wins and only Caroline Wozniacki (28 wins between Montreal 2010 and Miami 2011) and Serena Williams (26 wins between Miami and Cincinnati in 2013) have better records.

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