The stories coming out of Roland Garros continue to inspire! Over the course of the last couple of weeks many incredible stories have been played out on the clay courts in Paris but not many better than this!
In 2006 a 19 year old Nadia Podoroska qualified for a Grand Slam for the first time in her career down in New York. The Argentine went out in the first round to Annika Beck and has since battled six qualifying draw but didn’t progress.
Roland Garros this year was different…
Straight sets win we’re the theme for the 23 year old saw off Frech, Cristian and Wang to qualifier for a Grand slam four years after her debut in New York.
Players have stood in her way including Minnen, Putintseva, Schmiedlova and Barbora Krejickova but the Argentine from Rosario made the quarter finals pretty unscathed.
Standing in her way of an eighth consecutive win at Roland Garros and a place in an unprecedented semi-finals was the highest seed remaining in Elina Svitolina.
The pressure was on for the third seed but that struggle against players in-form in these latter stages of big events especially the Grand Slams just won’t go away. Even if Eli was trying to stay away from the talk people were using the phrase of “hers to lose” and she didn’t perform but Nadia did!
I found Eli a little passive during the match but we can’t take anything away from Podoroska who played a stunning aggressive match to win 6-2 6-4 and advanced to her first Grand Slam semi-final.
A bit of history in Paris as for the first time in the 123 year history a ladies qualifier has made the semi-finals of Roland Garros.