Osorio Serrano To Face Li For Tenerife Ladies Open Crown

Maria Camila Osorio Serrano (photo: Marta Magni/MEF Tennis Events)

TENERIFE, October 23, 2021

Colombian teenager Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Ann Li from the United States will compete in the singles final of the inaugural Tenerife Ladies Open. The 19-year-old Osorio Serrano headlined Saturday’s action at the Abama Tennis Academy in Guía di Isora, knocking out No. 4 seed Camila Giorgi of Italy 6-4, 7-5.

The World No. 63 hit 19 winners and capitalized on all of her four break-point chances to secure victory in one hour and 35 minutes.

The match was really tough, so intense,” Osorio Serrano said in her post-match on-court interview. “I’ve never run that much before in my life, I think! I’m super happy with my win today.

“At the beginning she was serving so good, everything was first serve, and it was tough for me to return. But somehow I found the rhythm, and I started doing better and better.”

Osorio Serrano will appear in her second title match on the WTA Tour following her triumph on home soil at the 2021 Copa Colsanitas in her native Colombia, beating Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in the final. She became the second Colombian to play two WTA finals in one season since Fabiola Zuluaga in 1999.

Li beats Cornet

Earlier in the day in Tenerife, Li eased past Alize Cornet from France. The 21-year-old converted five of her 18 break points and won 21 points more than her rival to prevail after one hour and 23 minutes.

“We’ve played twice before, and they’ve always been battles,” Li said in her on-court interview, after improving her head-to-head against Cornet to 2-1. “I knew I had to be aggressive from the start to the finish. She always gets to a lot of balls, so it’s about being patient as well. That made the difference today.

“It’s been an interesting year, but I think I’ve gotten stronger mentally, physically, and overall my game, so I’m excited to play tomorrow. Hopefully I can bring my best performance tomorrow.”

Li advanced to her second championship match on the WTA Tour. The World No. 60 made her maiden final earlier this year at the Grampians Trophy in Melbourne, but the title match against Anett Kontaveit was not played due to scheduling delays prior to the Australian Open.

Osorio Serrano and Li will meet for the first time.

Eikeri/Perez crowned doubles champions

In other action, No. 4 seeds Ulrikke Eikeri of Norway and Australian Ellen Perez claimed the doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated No. 3-seeded Ukrainians Lyudmyla Kichenok and Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 10 minutes.

Eikeri captured her maiden WTA doubles trophy. Perez earned her third career WTA doubles title, and second of the year after Guadalajara, Mexico alongside Astra Sharma.