Maria Camila Osorio Serrano won her home tournament in Colombia on Sunday, fighting from a set and a break down against No 5 seed Tamara Zidansek to capture her first WTA title at the Copa Colsanitas in Bogotá.
With this tournament, my calendar is going to be more open, I’ll have more options to play bigger tournaments, so I’m super, super happy with this win. And of course that I’m home, with my family, with my friends, with my fans from Colombia. That was my dream, and kind of a goal, to win the tournament. Maria Camila Osorio Serrano
The 19-year old, who was a wild card into the WTA250 draw, came through the 2 hour 48 battle, 5-7 6-3 6-4, in what was the longest final of the season, 40 minutes over Daria Kasatkina’s victory over Marie Bouzkova in the Phillip Island Trophy.
In winning the title, the Colombian joins compatriots Fabiola Zuluaga, who won four 4 times in 1999 and 2002-04, and 2010 winner Mariana Duque-Mariño on the tournament’s 23-year roll of honour.
“I played a really great match against Tamara, and I didn’t know how I turned the match,” said Osorio Serrano. “I lost the first set and I was a little bit tight, so I still cannot believe I won.”
The World No 180 becomes the lowest-ranked WTA titlist since Margarita Gasparyan won Tashkent in 2018 ranked No 299.
Osorio Serrano, who is a former junior World No 1 and 2019 US Open girls’ champion, is the 4th teenager to win a title on tour in 2021, following Iga Swiatek in Adelaide, Clara Tauson in Lyon and Leylah Fernandez in Monterrey.
“With this tournament, my calendar is going to be more open, I’ll have more options to play bigger tournaments, so I’m super, super happy with this win,” Osorio Serrano said. “And of course that I’m home, with my family, with my friends, with my fans from Colombia.
“That was my dream, and kind of a goal, to win the tournament.”
Playing in just her 4th WTA main draw, Osorio Serrano’s talent was clear as she made the final without dropping a set and there her mettle was severely tested.
In a somewhat nervy affair in which neither players’ games flowed as easily as in previous rounds, Osorio Serrano eventually emerged on top of the gritty battle.
Osorio Serrano raced out of the blocks to lead 3-1 in the first set, but a flurry of double-faults handed back the advantage as Zidansek, 23, came back to edge it.
The Slovenian twice led by a break in the second, but her normally rock-solid topspin forehand was mis-firing while her serve was beginning to wobble.
Sensing her chance and teeing off on Zidansek’s second serve Osorio Serrano showed off some flashy forehands to level and then she reel off 6 straight games from 2-3 down to take a 2-0 lead in the third set.
The finishing line, however, proved almost as hard to cross for her as it had been for the Slovenian.
Eight of the decider’s 10 games went to multiple deuces as the two battled each other and themselves, testified by the final numbers, with both finding 22 winners while Osorio Serrano’s 87 unforced errors were outdone by Zidansek’s 90.
Nail-biting and entertaining, the quality rose with Zidansek pulling off a reflex volley loaded with so much spin that it bounced back to her own side of the court.
Osorio Serrano lost her initial break, but regained it for 3-2 and from there on in she battled on.
Zidansek was not short of opportunities to get back on serve, but Osorio Serrano saved a total of 7 break-back points in her last 2 service games, including 5 as she served for the title.
Having set up her first championship point with a forehand down the line, she delayed no further, and sealed the trophy on her first match point as Zidansek netted her forehand.
“It’s been an unreal week for me,” Osorio Serrano told the media, after her win. “I still cannot believe that I won the title.”