VIDEO: Kalinina and Haddad-Maia left in floods of tears after longest WTA match of the year at Rome Open

Thursday, 18 May 2023 at 06:56
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Anhelina Kalinina and Beatriz Hadda Maia played the longest WTA match of the year at the Rome Open, leaving both players in tears after the match.
The match itself was amazing featuring two sets that lasted well over an hour. The final one didn't last an hour but even so, it was the longest WTA match of the season taking 3 hours and 41 minutes. It almost lasted as long as the longest ATP match this year played in two sets which happened a few weeks ago clocking it a little over four hours-
Both the first and second set finished in tiebreaks with Kalinina taking the final set 6-3 to book a spot in the next round. She was quite emotional after the win as was Haddad Maia with both players having tears in their eyes as they shook hands. Kalinina said after the match:
"It feels great, but I can't feel my body or my legs. I think it was the longest match of my career. Thanks to my coach and thanks to my fitness coach because this win is not my win. My part is 50 percent and 50 percent is my fitness coach."

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