The rankings of Australian women Ellen Perez and Lizette Cabrera are set to surge after the duo won big ITF titles on North American hard courts at the weekend.

Perez overcame Zoe Hives in an all-Australian final at the ITF 60K tournament in Ashland, Kentucky, winning after Hives retired when trailing 6-2 3-2, suffering heat exhaustion and a shoulder injury.

Cabrera, meanwhile, beat rising Canadian star Leylah Fernandez 6-1 6-4 to hoist the trophy at the ITF 80K tournament in Granby, Canada.

It is by far the biggest singles title of Cabrera’s career and her first in three years; the 21-year-old Queenslander’s last tournament victories came at 25K Australian Pro Tour events in 2016 at Tweed Heads and Brisbane.

Impressively, Cabrera was able to turn her form around after arriving at the tournament on a four-match losing streak, dropping just one set in five matches in Granby.

She is projected to rise 71 places when the new rankings are released, making her top-200 return at No.195. This means she is now inside the ranking cut-off for the US Open qualifying draw.

This article originally appeared at: https://www.tennis.com.au/news/2019/07/29/perez-cabrera-win-itf-titles

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