Tennis

Canada's Rebecca Marino adds to tennis comeback with Challenger win

Vancouver tennis player Rebecca Marino has added another victory to her impressive comeback campaign, defeating No. 2 seed Julia Glushko of Israel 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) on Sunday to win the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger title.

Vancouver athlete, 27, made return this season after 5-year absence

Unseeded Canadian Rebecca Marino beat No. 2 seed Julia Glushko of Israel 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) on Sunday to win the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger title. The 27-year-old from Vancouver returned to tennis this season and was once ranked as high as No. 38 on the WTA rankings. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/File)

Canadian Rebecca Marino has added another victory to her impressive comeback campaign.

The 27-year-old from Vancouver defeated No. 2 seed Julia Glushko of Israel 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) on Sunday to win the Winnipeg National Bank Challenger title.ย 

The unseeded Marino fired six aces and won 70 per cent of her first-service points against Glushko, taking the match in one hour 49 minutes.

"To win a title on Canadian soil is always very special and for me this marks another milestone in my comeback," said Marino. "I'm excited to continue with the series of tournaments in Canada and hope to keep the momentum going through the rest of the summer."

Marino returned to tennis this season after almost five years off. Once ranked No. 38 in the world, she walked away from the sport in 2013 after revealing her battle with depression.

Sunday's win was her fourth low-level tournament of the year. She won three straight events in Turkey in January and February and reached a final in Japan in April.

Marino is currently No. 432 on the WTA rankings.

She is scheduled to play Challengers in Gatineau, Que., and Granby, Que., later this month.

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