Maddy Inglis has completed a memorable hometown win, claiming her fifth ITF title at the W25 Perth International on Sunday.
Inglis climbed back to world No.117 on the back of the victory over fellow Australian Destanee Aiava in front of family and friends at the State Tennis Centre.
The 22-year-old No.1 seed showed her trademark fight, battling her way back from 5-0 down in the second set to claim the 6-4 7-6 (4) win.
“I don’t feel like I did too much wrong (at the start of the second set),” Inglis said. “I think Destanee was playing too good those five games. I just thought: ‘I don’t want to get bagelled, so let’s just have a swing and see what happens’. I was really lucky to get through against such a tough opponent.”
The Perth triumph continued Inglis’ winning streak to 10 matches after the biggest victory of her career in Burnie to start the year.
Inglis is now Australia’s No.4 ranked woman having won all five of her ITF titles in the past 10 months as she targets a place inside the world’s top 100.
Inglis, who is now based in Brisbane, said it had been special to win on home soil.
“I really felt the love from the crowd this week,” she said. “I can’t wait to be back next year.
“I’m still shaking. I’m a bit in shock about how this week has turned out. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect end to my perfect time at home. I’m really sad to be leaving but to go away with a title is unreal. I’m really happy.”
Inglis now heads to Mexico. She is due to play at Monterrey.