Pune, 14th March 2021: Brazilian born Spanish player Laura Pigossi came back from a 1-5 deficit in the third set to scrape past Marianna Zakarlyuk of Ukraine and win the singles title at the $ 25000 KPIT –MSLTA ITF WTT Cup tennis championships organized by MSLTA in association with Deccan Gymkhana and played on the Deccan Gymkhana tennis courts.
In a 2 hour 37-minute thriller, third-seeded 26-year-old Laura Pigossi came back from 1-5 in the third set to scrape past 24 year and fifth-seeded Marianna Zakarlyuk 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(5) to win her first title after the lockdown.
Pigossi said, “It has been a great week for me. I spoke to the tournament director and he told me if you are Brazilian don’t even think of coming to India as I would be quarantined, but I told him I had a Spanish passport he told me no problem from there to this win it feels all the effort to come to India and Pune was worth it.
I played well and had many opportunities in the second set as well, when I was down 1-5 I told myself here I have to win and hung on, suddenly the momentum started shifting and the scores were 5-5 by the time I realised. All credit to my opponent for making a great match”
The singles winner got $3935 (Rs. 2,86,000) and 50 WTA points while the runners up received $2107(Rs. 1,54,000) and 30 points . The prizes were given away at the hands of Mr Kishor Patil VP MSLTA and President Of PMDTA, Mr Anand Tulpule Life VP of MSLTA Former Divisional Commissioner Chandrakant Dalvi, MSLTA Secretary Sunder Iyer, Vishwas Lokare Hon Sec of Deccan Gymkhana. ITF supervisor Sheetal Iyer and Ashwin Girme Tennis Secretary Deccan Gymkhana were present on the occasion
Following are the results: Singles: Finals :
Laura Pigossi (BRA)  bt Marianna Zakarlyuk (UKR)  6-0, 3-6, 7-6(5). 2hour 37 minues