Why this Roland Garros 2020 changes the wallet and the career of Nadia Podoroska

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Argentina reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam for the first time, is in the top 70 of the ranking and secured a prize that exceeds everything she had won so far.

Beyond what happens in her next match, in which she will face the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, number four in the world, this Roland Garros will mark a break in the race by Nadia Podoroska when we have the information. In sports, because it will allow you to get at least between the best 70 players in the ranking, which will open direct entry to important competitions. But also, economically, because Rosario has already made sure an award that exceeds his accumulated career earnings.

The victory in three sets against Barbora Krejcikova, which gave him the pass to the quarterfinals of the French “great” -his best historical performance in this category of tournaments-, assured Argentina a check for 283,500 euros, about $ 332,129.

That amount is far more than what he had earned until this week from victories in his ten years as a professional: $ 301,547. In this unusual season, the Russia he had accumulated $ 89,584 in prizes. So far this week in Paris, almost quadrupled that sum.

What does that money mean for Podoroska? Peace of mind to continue working without worrying about the expenses that a career in tennis of the highest level entails. This was admitted by the Rosario, after her victory on Friday in the third round against the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

“What is changing the most at this time is the financial aspect and it gives me relief. Having achieved these results positions me totally different. I can continue to pay the salary of my coaches and team and continue traveling around the circuit; continue focused on training and improving. Until recently, I did not have that support, that security, “the Argentine recognized.

A more than welcome relief after a 2019 in which his career was extremely difficult in financial terms. She had confessed it herself, after hanging the gold medal at the Pan American Games in Lima 2019 and getting the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics, suspended for 2021 due to the global health crisis.

“I hope that thanks to this I can get sponsors. The truth is that I am in a very delicate situation,” said Rosario, who won an extra prize with that consecration that helped her stay afloat: an ENARD scholarship for ” Pan-American excellence “.

Today the panorama is very different looking towards the future. Also if you talk exclusively about tennis.

The quarterfinals will change the scene of Podoroska’s career from now on. The Russia will appear in the next update of the WTA rankings for the first time in the top 100. The live ranking – that which is updated with the results of the day – places it today in the 69th step, although we will have to wait for the closing of the French contest to know exactly what position it will occupy.

But beyond the number that finally appears next to his name, the fact of having sneaked into the elite of the circuit will open many more doors for him and will guarantee him the possibility of competing in the most important tournaments in the world.

Podoroska will have a guaranteed place in the main draw of the Grand Slam. You will no longer need, as you did in this edition of Roland Garros, to dispute the classification to be able to get into the main competition. And the higher it can be in the rankings in the preview of those tournaments, the better positioned it will be in the face of the draws and will have more chances to avoid the top favorites in the first rounds.

This great present is not only great news for Podoroska, but also for an Argentine women’s tennis in need of a benchmark at the highest level, to help add support and promote development.

The Rosario became the first Argentine to reach the quarterfinals in Paris this Sunday since 2004. At the end of last week, when she overcame the last round of qualifying and got into the main draw, she had cut a drought of five years without Argentines in the main competition of the tournament.

With his good walk on the French brick dust he could seduce nuevos sponsors to support women’s tennis in our country, historically relegated to men’s. And also to inspire their compatriots, who day by day fight against the current to make a career in a highly competitive sport at a disadvantage compared to players from other countries, especially Europeans and the United States.

Podoroska has already made history in Paris. Regardless of what happens in the quarterfinal against Svitolina, the most important thing will come later. Because Rosario will have the challenge of continuing to improve and not waste everything that has grown in recent weeks. It will only depend on her to be able to make the most of this dream week in Paris.

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