On Sunday in the Indian Wells final, Elena Vesnina had to fight back—twice. Down a set and 4-1 to Svetlana Kuznetsova, Vesnina battled to even the match. She then went down 4-2 in the third set, before storming back to win her first WTA Premier title, 6-7 (6), 7-5 ,6-4 in just over three hours.
Vesnina's been battling a long time to get to this place in her career. Last year, she lost in the first round of qualifying in the desert, and her best previous result was the round of 32 (though she's won the doubles crown three times).
You could certainly say the 31-year-old Russian is enjoying a late career surge.
In the last 9 months, Vesnina has:— Ravi Ubha (@raviubha) March 19, 2017
-reached SF at Wimbledon
-won Olympic gold in doubles
-won WTA Finals in doubles
-wins Indian Wells
It's fitting her best career fortnight comes in Indian Wells, obviously not because she has done well there, but because of her unexpected history in southern California:
Liked this from Elena Vesnina, an excellent communicator, on her long-ago first visit to Indian Wells pic.twitter.com/m2Sudhrwek— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) March 18, 2017
Vesnina has come a long way. She'll reach a career high of No. 13 when the new rankings come out on Monday.