BNP Paribas Open champion Elena Vesnina almost quit tennis amid self-doubt and inconsistent form, but was kept going by her sparkling doubles displays.
The Russian produced a stunning comeback to defeat compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-4 at Indian Wells on Sunday, marking the high point of her singles career.
But the 30-year-old – who beat world number one Angelique Kerber en route to the final in California – revealed she had pondered giving it all up until a flurry of doubles crowns, including gold at Rio 2016, restored her faith.
"I had some moments when I was really not sure if I should continue, should I play, how should I play," she told the WTA Tour website.
"Then the doubles helped me. I kept winning titles and I was playing finals. Last year was just amazing. Dream of my life. Gold medal. WTA Finals. Semi-finals of Wimbledon.
"That was the most important thing. Even before Wimbledon, I played the final of Charleston coming from the qualifying. I had good wins against good players, like Venus [Williams].
"I knew that I could beat the big players. I knew I had it inside of me. I just needed to free it up. To show it to everybody."
Having demonstrated her talent for the world to see at the weekend, Vesnina did not have long to acquaint herself with the trophy before it was taken away from her.
While speaking to the media post-match, a tournament representative removed the trophy from in front of her, saying: "I'm sorry to interrupt you. We only have one of these and the men's final is about to end."
Vesnina saw the funny side as the impressive piece of glassware was taken away to be presented to Roger Federer, who overcame Stan Wawrinka.
|Simeone wary of in-form Chelsea star Morata|
|BREAKING NEWS: Diego Costa´s Atletico return finalised|
|Presidents Cup: Strong US squad in search of seventh straight win|
|Azpilicueta pleased with delayed Costa reunion|
|Injured Milik was not rushed back, says Napoli doctor|
|Alcacer future unknown - Valverde|
|Key trio fit for Atletico clash - Conte|
|Al Hilal 4 Persepolis 0: Kharbin treble puts Al Hilal in complete control|
|It´s all trebles and sextets – Valverde accepts pressure to deliver at Barcelona|
|Chelsea must ´change the history´ of Spanish dominance in Europe, says Conte|
|Ex-England skipper Flintoff set for Lancashire role|
|No Mendy for City amid knee injury fears|
|Ancelotti: Lewandowski will finish his career at Bayern|
|F1 Raceweek: The heat is on and there´s a dinosaur in the paddock|
|CSKA aim to find weaknesses in Mourinho´s ´strong´ squad|
|Tardelli ´expects more´ from Juventus star Dybala|
|Watford´s Chalobah set for knee surgery|
|Halep and Wozniacki crash out in Wuhan, Muguruza through|
|Barcelona are weaker without Neymar, says Jorge Jesus|
|Seeded Sousa succumbs in Shenzhen|
|US Justice Department charges college basketball assistants in bribery scheme|
|Muguruza charges into Wuhan last 16|
|Mkhitaryan vows to bring consistency to Manchester United|
|Lacazette ´more like Wright than Henry´ - Winterburn|
|Verratti hails ascent of PSG to Bayern´s level|
|Former Newcastle chairman Shepherd dies age 75|
|Mourinho: Lindelof will improve step by step|
|Kimmich eager to tackle Neymar challenge|
|Stokes arrest a distraction for England - Morgan|
|Emery hints at PSG penalty rotation|
|´Not many solutions´ for Man Utd after Fellaini injury, says Mourinho|
|England all-rounder Ben Stokes arrested in Bristol|
|Neymar set to return for PSG in Champions League clash against Bayern Munich|
|PSG´s home hope against Bayern as Griezmann carries Atletico - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Defending champion Pliskova battles through in Tashkent|
|Fabregas never thought about Chelsea exit|
|Gasly replaces Kvyat as Toro Rosso prepare for 2018 F1 season|
|Starke selection not a threat to Ulreich, claims Salihamidzic|
|Wallabies lock Coleman weighing up next move|
|Manchester City look unstoppable under Guardiola - Walker|
|Hitzfeld urges Bayern to stick with Ancelotti|
|Australia call up Tye for India T20 series|
|Las Palmas coach Manolo Marquez resigns after six LaLiga matches|
|Whiteley boost for Springboks|
|Fabregas: No pure striker better than Costa|
|Ancelotti will be measured on Champions League results, Ballack claims|
|Cowboys coach Green dismissed tiredness talk as ´a load of c**p´|
|Wenger bemoans ´cruel´ Arsenal schedule|
|Tianjin derby under investigation for possible match-fixing|
|Sharks dismiss Hayne speculation|
|Cubs clinch tie for NL Central title, deal blow to Cardinals´ play-off hopes|
|He said what?! The best NFL quotes from week three|
|Prescott ignites stagnant Cowboys offense in win over Cardinals|
|WATCH: Cubs´ Russell brings Cardinals fan fresh nachos after spilling into stands|
|Alonso announces move into management|
|Klopp considers starting ´artists´ against Spartak|
|Lacazette not just a goalscorer – Wenger|
|Jerry Jones, entire Cowboys team kneel before national anthem|
|Aguero only world-class Premier League striker – Henry|
|Steelers´ Villanueva ´embarrassed´ he stood alone for national anthem|
|Kane: I use Ronaldo and Messi as motivation|
|LeBron on protests: My voice is more important than my knee|
|Sproles sidelined with torn ACL, broken arm|
|Rodriguez penalty call correct for Wenger|
|Roethlisberger regrets Steelers´ decision to miss national anthem|
|Pulis rounds on ´cheating´ Sanchez amid Rodriguez penalty row|
|Ramsey: Arsenal must make Emirates a fortress|
|Arsenal 2 West Brom 0: Lacazette double enough for Gunners as Barry breaks Premier League record|
|Yankees´ Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire’s rookie HR record|
|Dunbar a doubt for Scotland internationals after surgery|