Argentina seeks to be the first tennis player from her country to reach a final at the French Open. His rival, overwhelmingly, has not yet lost a set.
Nadia Podoroska faces the Polish Iga Swiatek in the semifinal of Roland Garros 2020, with the desire to continue at a firm pace in the best performance of his career.
Rosario will seek to advance for the first time to the definition of a Grand Slam tournament and also to be the first Argentine to reach the decisive match in the most important tournament in the world on brick dust.
Podoroska and Swiatek will play their chance to be a finalist in the Parisian brick dust from 10:00 am (Argentine time), in a match scheduled at the Philippe Chatrier stadium of the Roland Garros complex, with live televising and ESPN live (Channels 102 of Cablevisión and 621 of DirecTV).
Nadia Podoroska, 23 years old and in position 131 of the WTA ranking before starting the tournament, reached the semifinals in a marathon performance, since against Swiatek (23 years and 54 of the world) will play his ninth game in 16 days, since he had to play the classification first, from September 22, to get into the main draw.
Her rival also accumulates a lot of activity but because she is playing in the doubles table, in a couple with the American Nicole Melichar, with whom she has already installed in the semifinals so this Thursday, against Argentina, she will play her tenth match in just ten days, since debuted in the singles chart on September 28.
Anyway, Podoroska has been playing longer than Swiatek: the South American accumulates 11 hours and 43 minutes on the courts, while the European was 10 hours and 13 minutes. In short, it is an hour and a half less of competition in favor of the Polish.
This edition of Roland Garros has historical borders for Argentine tennis, since with Diego Schwartzman also installed among the four best, it presents edges similar to those of the 2004 edition, which Gastón Gaudio won.
In this context, the last time that Argentine tennis stomped on the premises located in the Parisian neighborhood of Bois de Boulogne was in 2004, when Gastón Gaudio lifted the trophy after winning in the semifinals over David Nalbandian from Cordoba and in the final against Guillermo Coria from Santa Fe.
At the same time, in the ladies’ box, Paola Suárez was installed among the best four of the tournament on brick dust.
The other semifinal of the ladies’ draw will be played the American Sofia Kenin, champion this year in Australia, and the Czech Petra Kvitova, twice winner of Wimbledon, in 2011 and 2014.
Kenin (6) beat her compatriot Danielle Rose Collins (57) in the quarterfinals by 6-4, 4-6 and 6-0, while Kvitova beat the German Laura Siegemund (66) by 6-3 and 6- 3.
As for Podoroska, Rosario emerged from the Fisherton Athletic Club, with a neat and offensive tennis, in which her backhand stands out, as the great attraction in an atypical edition of Roland Garros, which changed its date from May / June to September / October and takes place with a limited number of viewers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Argentine, who after having reached the semifinals in Paris will climb to at least 47th place in the world and secured prizes for 425,250 euros, he will not have a simple rival in the semis.
The Polish Swiatek is an incipient figure and in the quarterfinals she left the top favorite for the title, the Romanian Simona Halep, out of the tournament (2), champion of Roland Garros in 2018.
In fact, young Swiatek made it this far without giving up a single set in the entire French Grand Slam.
The Small, born and raised in the Rosario neighborhood of Fisherton, entered the tournament after raffling three qualifying matches, against the Polish Magdalena Frech (157), the Romanian Jacqueline Cristian (166) and the Chinese Xinyu Wang (146).