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Rebecca Marino celebrates a win at the Lexus Ilkley Trophy
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Lexus Ilkley Trophy 2024: Rebecca Marino wins women’s singles title

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Rebecca Marino is the new Lexus Ilkley Trophy women’s singles champion after the 33-year-old defeated France’s Jessika Ponchet to seal the joint biggest title of her career.

The Canadian came back from a set down to beat Ponchet 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and lift her second W100 singles title of the season and her career.

It marks her first title of grass, with her previous best result coming last year at the Rothesay Classic Birmingham.

"I'm so happy to win the title here,” Marino said. “It’s difficult to say at the start of the week as grass can be unpredictable but I felt pretty confident coming in. It suits both our games really well and I think we can both be proud of the week as a whole.

 "It’s hard to look back and know that I took so long off the sport because I’m just loving being on the tour so much more nowadays. Having that time off has allowed me to reflect and in my career 2.0 I’m really proud of the comeback and being able to get to this level."

From a set down and 1-1 in the second, Marino moved up a gear – winning the next five straight games, losing just five points as she levelled the match at one apiece.

After suffering a break early in the match, Marino stayed solid on serve the rest of the way. The world No.144 broke for a 3-1 lead in the decider and staved off the only break point she faced to move 4-2 ahead.

Marino had won three matches in three sets coming into the final and proved clinical once again, serving out the win on her first and only match point after an hour and 35 minutes.

The women’s doubles final yesterday saw top seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Elena Gabriela Ruse beat second seeds Quinn Gleason and Qianhui Tang 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 25 minutes.

The French, Romanian duo broke their opponents twice in both sets to win their first title together as a team.

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