Roland Garros continues to deliver some incredibly inspiring stories.
As a junior in 2009 the Italian made semi-finals at two majors in the doubles and was tipped to be a big star in the future. From the end of December 2009 until May 2014 sadly we didn’t see Martina Trevisan. The Italian had some personal issues including a battle with anorexia and had to re-educate herself to eat and is now on a fairytale run in Paris.
Martina returned to tennis in 2014 unranked and in a few years went from not having a ranking to top 200 just playing ITF events around the world.
This year she made her Grand Slam debut in Melbourne as a qualifier but lost to eventual winner Sofia Kenin in the first round.
At Roland Garros the Italian qualified once again for a major following wins against Sascha Vickery from a set down and then Muhammed and Sharma in straight sets.
What happened after is what dreams are made of but also another important story coming out of qualifying which looked unlikely due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lack of opportunities.
This opportunity is one which has been taken without waste. Martina had never played a Grand Slam main draw match until this year, she hadn’t won one until this week and is now going into her third week at Roland Garros having won seven matches in a row to come through qualifying and make the quarter finals.
It has been a no nerves run of performances from Trevisan and this is what tennis is about, one week to another the scenario changes and opportunities come.
Martina defeated fellow Italian Camila Giorgi in round one, the Italian retired down 5-7 0-3 with an injury.
It got better and better as the week went on coming from a set down to defeat both Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari who have been playing well since tennis resumed over a month ago.
Her fourth round opponent was her first match against a top 10 opponent in Kiki Bertens and on the same day Simona Halep got dumped out by Iga Swiatek the Italian put on a show of her own!
Martina was 5-1 up against Kiki but serving for the set got broken and ended up sealing what turned out to be a close set 6-4. That scoreline would be repeated for the Italian who sealed her first top ten win on the week she won her first match at a major and made the quarter finals sealing the win with a forehand lob!
On Tuesday it will be another opportunity to write a chapter in this phenomenal story as she will take on Iga Swiatek for a place in a Grand Slam semi-final.