Like her compatriot Gaston Gaudio in 2004, Nadia Podoroska threw her racquet in the air with joy after her unexpected victory in the quarterfinals on Tuesday against Elina Svitolina, the number 3 seed in the tournament. Even if the performance of Argentina is to be put in the context of a particular 2020 edition of Roland Garros, to see Podoroska reach the semi-finals of the tournament is unreal. The native of Rosario, like a certain Lionel Messi, has simply become the first player in the history of the tournament to reach this stage of the competition after coming out of qualifying. And despite her eight matches in a row at Porte d’Auteuil, the 23-year-old does not seem to blame. “I feel quite fresh. I have no pain, ”she commented after qualifying for the last four. France is definitely doing well for this player with Ukrainian origins who won the ITF Saint-Malo just before Roland Garros.
” I did not know what to do “
This tournament will obviously change Podoroska’s life and career. Used to second-class tournaments and qualifying, the one who plays her second big Grand Slam table at the Roland Garros is guaranteed to enter at least the Top 50 (48th at worst) next Monday. A blessing for one who was filled with doubts a short time ago: “The hardest part for me was two or three years ago. I hurt myself a lot. I had fallen in the ranking. I hadn’t played for eight months on the tour. I didn’t have the money to play the tournaments. It has been a difficult time. I totally changed teams too. It had been ten years since I had the same coach and then we separated. I did not know what to do. »Podoroska has the opportunity to make a little more history this Thursday against Iga Swiatek. In case of victory, she would indeed become the first player in history from qualifying to reach the final of a Grand Slam.