In Quebec City on Tuesday, Rebecca Marino scored her first WTA win in seven years. The 27-year-old beat world No. 62-ranked Tatjana Maria, 6-2, 6-2 to pull off the unique milestone.
She made it! @beccamarino90 défait la 7e tête de série Tatjana Maria par la marque de 6-2, 6-2.— CoupeBanqueNationale (@CoupeBN) September 11, 2018
Il s’agit de sa première victoire sur le circuit de la #WTA depuis sa pause de 5 ans! Félicitations Rebecca! #TrouveTonRythme pic.twitter.com/AI665vbSKx
The Canadian, once ranked as high as No. 38 in the world, quit the sport at the age of 22, citing online bullying and mental health struggles as her personal reasons. She went to college and picked up a new sport, rowing, before realizing her tennis story wasn't done just yet.
She returned to the tour in January—five years after stepping away in 2013—and she's already back inside the Top 300 with title wins at three ITF $10,000 tournaments and a $25,000 in Winnipeg.
Tuesday marked her first WTA win since October of 2011 when she beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Luxembourg. Maria, the No. 7 seed, was a defending semifinalist in Quebec City.