INDIAN WELLS, CA, USA — No.14 seed Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland pulled off a stunning comeback victory in the final of the Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells, a WTA 125K Series event, saving one match point in the second set en route to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady of the United States.
World No.94 Brady held match point at 6-3, 5-4, but World No.103 Golubic saved it with a drop shot winner as part of a four-game string of games to end the second set, and eased through the decider to take home the trophy after two hours and 12 minutes of play.
Very little separated the two players, but even though Brady had an exceptional 4-of-5 conversion rate on break points, Golubic was able to garner 12 break points throughout the match, converting five. Brady had eight aces to Golubic’s one, but Brady only got 51 percent of her first serves in play, and Golubic was able to win over half of Brady’s second-service points.
Golubic therefore claims her biggest title since she won her first WTA singles championship at Gstaad in 2016, where she defeated future Top 10 player Kiki Bertens in the final. She continues a solid start to 2019, where she qualified for the Australian Open and reached the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Hua Hin.