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Beatriz Haddad Maia has received a heartfelt message from Pele ahead of her biggest career final in Canada. The world No 24 will take on two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep for the chance to lift a maiden WTA 1000 title on Sunday and has been backed by the Brazilian icon.

Haddad Maia is enjoying a hugely successful summer, winning two successive titles on the grass before reaching a maiden WTA 1000 final this week in Toronto. And ahead of the biggest match of her career, the Brazilian has received support from her country’s biggest sporting icon.

Pele took to Instagram ahead of the National Bank Open final to pen an emotional message to the 26-year-old, writing: “How good it is to see Brazilians conquering more and more in the sport!

“I want to congratulate @biahaddadmaia for reaching Toronto @wta 1000 final, but above that, for the beautiful journey so far. I’ll be rooting for you today. You are writing a beautiful story.”

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