Bendigo, Victoria, 27 October 2019 | Asher Packman

Second seed Lizette Cabrera has overcome an in-form Maddison Inglis to claim the Bendigo International title on Sunday.

“It was a great match and I’m really happy with the win,” Cabrera said after the 6-2 6-3 victory, the Queenslander’s third ITF World Tennis Tour title this year after wins in Granby (Canada) and Darwin.

“Ever since Brisbane, I’ve been playing really well and I think mentally I was strong out there with the conditions and everything this week.”

Her vanquished opponent, Western Australian Maddison Inglis, competing in her third consecutive Australian Pro Tour final, was aiming to add the Bendigo title to her success in Toowoomba.

“Maddy’s playing unbelievably well,” Cabrera said. “She’s had lots of matches, she’s playing really good tennis and beating really good players, so I knew coming in it wasn’t going to be easy.”

Cabrera, the current world No.154, has had a mixed year on tour thus far, but feels she is on an upward trajectory heading into the Australian summer.

“I had a bad clay season and I was feeling quite down,” the 21-year-old said, “But when I got onto the grass, which I love, I had a different mentality and started playing really well, so it built from there.

“I was playing some good matches but not quite getting the wins but now I think it’s all starting to click. You don’t get to play in a final every week, so when you do, you really enjoy the moment.

“Right now, it feels really good. I’ve been doing a lot with my coaches and my team back home and working really hard, so I’ve just got to keep doing that and hopefully good things keep coming.”

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