Clara Burel, of all the French entries in the main draw at Roland Garros, was the lowest ranked. At the start of the tournament, it was even the case for boys and girls combined, since she occupied the 415th place in the world and Harold Mayot the 412th. But at the last update on Monday, the young guest (19 years old) gained 58 ranks and is therefore in 357th place. La Bretonne, junior finalist of the Australian Open then the US Open in 2018, has obviously just conquered the biggest victory of his career on Monday against Arantxa Rus (67th world), lost on court n ° 7 to finish in the spotlight the latest match in Roland-Garros history – at 12:12 a.m. precise.
“When I saw my mother, I thought about last year”
This top 100 now hanging on his hunting board, with remarkable calm and concentration, there is no longer any reason why Burel should not continue his fairy tale against a player less well ranked than Rus, in this case. the 103rd world Kaja Juvan, older (or rather less young) by only four little months.
But how could he want to consider this first success, at least in the heat of the moment, as an extraordinary result? “Of course, at the end, when I saw my mother, I thought back to last year, when I was watching Roland Garros and had just had my wrist operated. It was difficult. . When I won, I thought about it all, it was a lot of emotion. ” Thierry Champion is a stakeholder in his success: “Once the confinement was lifted, he came to join me in Brittany. We trained for a good month in Perros-Guirrec, we worked really well.”
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Burel, whose weakness in service has not escaped those who have watched her match, is for the moment a chameleon player above all: “I try to adapt a little according to the opponent. Of course, I have my game that I don’t change, but that I can actually adapt. ” Oscillating between great fatigue and excitement after his victory, let’s hope that the rest, physical but especially mental, will allow him to approach this second round with the same freshness. Normally in the light of day, this time, since his match is scheduled in second on court n ° 14 (after Karen Khachanov facing Jiri Vesely).