She overcame the classification and got into the main draw, where the last Argentine had been Paula Ormaechea in 2014.
Nadia Podoroska took another step forward in her rising career. The Pan-American champion in Lima 2019 got into the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time in her career, the third Grand Slam of the year to be played from Sunday in Paris. In this way, there will be an Argentine tennis player in the French tournament after six years.
The Rosario, located in position 130 of the WTA ranking, overcame the last qualifying challenge by defeating the Chinese Xinyu Wang (146 °) 6-2 and 6-4 after an hour and a quarter. Thus, she joined Diego Schwartzman (13), Guido Pella (37), Juan Ignacio Londero (68), Federico Delbonis (81) and Federico Coria (98). Instead, Leonardo Mayer and Renzo Olivo were left out after losing their respective matches in the final qualifying round.
In qualifying, the 23-year-old tennis player won all three of her matches without giving up a set: 6-2 and 6-2 to Polish Magdalena Frech (157th) and 6-0 and 6-4 to Romanian Jaqueline Cristian. In addition, she will be the first Argentine to play a Grand Slam after four years, when she qualified from qualifying to the 2016 US Open.
The last presence of an Argentine tennis player in the Parisian Grand Slam, meanwhile, dates back to 2014, when another Santa Fe like Paula Ormaechea entered the main draw directly, where she consecutively beat the Swiss Romina Oprandi and the Romanian Monica Niculescu. For the third round, on the other hand, the Russian Maria Sharapova, then world number 8, eliminated her in 51 minutes with a double 6-0.
Unlike Ormaechea, who did not arrive at his best in Paris, Podoroska does so with a positive streak. On her return to the circuit after the new coronavirus pandemic slowed activity, she beat Hungarian Reka-Luca Jani 6-3 and 6-1 in the first round of the classification of the Palermo tournament on the WTA circuit.
Later, she reached the semifinals at the Prague Open and won the ITF W60 in Saint Malo, France, by beating Spain’s Cristina Bucsa in the final. With that consecration, Argentina got into the first 130 of the world ranking, which meant the best classification in her career.
Now, he will seek to keep alive at Roland Garros, which should have been played between the last week of May and the first of June but was postponed due to the pandemic. Among men, the favorite for the title is Serbian Novak Djokovic (1), followed by Spaniard Rafael Nadal (2), top winner of the French Grand Slam with 12 trophies.
In the WTA, meanwhile, the Romanian Simona Halep is the first favorite in the absence of the Australian Ashleigh Barty, followed by the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka or the American Serena Williams, who is looking for a new opportunity to equal the 24 titles in Grand Slams of Margaret Court.
Amid the upturn in cases in France, the French government imposed new audience restrictions so that only 1,000 spectators will be able to access the tournament,