Losing Grand Slams by high-ranked, well-known and skilled players gives a rare opportunity to enjoy the spotlight of those undesirable winners to good, low-ranked, lesser-known and less-accomplished opponents.
And for the first time in almost half a century, only three of the top 10 seed in the women’s draw at Roland-Garros have made it to the Round of 32.
So meet Liolia Jinjin: age 26; From Montpellier, France; 227th place; Wildcard entry before becoming a slam participant; Apparently tennis was destined for the great things as a child, so much so that the sponsorship deal was struck before he was old enough to go to high school, until an injured knee derailed.
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He left the sport for a few years, moving to the United States, where he played Baylor College tennis, then Arkansas, then at Lincoln University in Boca Raton, Florida, while studying finance. Lynne, she was undefeated in singles and doubles, so it probably happened to her like trying a professional career.
Good choice for gin. Roland Garros is still bad for his opponents, including two-time major finalist and No. 8 seed Carolina Pliskova, who couldn’t resist too much on Thursday and lost 6-2, 6-2 to Jinjin. The second round.
“Even me, I have no explanation. I don’t even understand what’s happening, ”Jeanjean said. “This is my first Grand Slam. I thought I would lose two sets in the first round – and I beat myself a top-10 player. So, to be honest, I have nothing more to say. I don’t really know how. “
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At this point a year ago, he was out of the top 800 and won hundreds of dollars at the lower-level International Tennis Federation event. No matter what happens in his next match, he will leave Paris with at least $ 190,000 (AUD).
“I stopped playing when I was younger, I wanted to give myself another chance,” Jinjin said. “Because in my head, since I was good at 14, 15, I think, ‘Why can’t I be good after 10 years?’ So, yes, I took (one) chance. And it’s still working. “
Asked if he too was shocked by all this, Jinjin’s three-month coach Thomas Delgado quickly replied, “No.” And then he laughed, before continuing: “Well, yes, I am. … On the one hand, I’m surprised he did it. But on the other, I knew he could.”
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No. 9 Daniel Collins, runners-up at the Australian Open in January, lost 6-4, 6-3 to 50th-ranked Shelby Rogers in a matchup between the Americans.
According to the WTA, the last time three or less top-10 women seeded in 32 rounds of the French Open was in 1986; At the time, only eight players were selected to start on a field of 64, half the size of the current tournament.
Pliskova and Collins join No. 2 Barbora Krejsikova – the 2021 champion who lost in the first round, then dropped out of the doubles because she tested positive for COVID-19 – No. 4 Maria Sakkari, No. 5 Annette Contavit, No. 6 Ons Jabeur and No.10 Garbiñe Muguruza, all of whom left by Thursday (AEST).
The remaining trio, in the top half of the bracket, have won second-round matches: No. 1 Iga Sweettech continues her 30-match winning streak, the longest in women’s tennis since Serena Williams’ 34-match run in 2013. Irresistible Allison Risk 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 Paula Badosa recovered from midfield to beat Kaza Juvan 7-5, 3-6, 6-2; Arena No. 6 Sabalenka defeated Madison Brengel 6-1, 6-3.
“I can think, ‘Wow, that’s good, because they’re losing.’ But in this case, I prefer, ‘OK, pay attention, because anything can happen,’ “said Badosa, a quarter-finalist in Paris a year ago. “You saw it today.”
There has been some excitement in the men’s draw – with Alexander Zaverev (No. 3) and Carlos Alcaraz (No. 6) both winning five sets after losing their match points – but all 12 of the top 12 advanced to the third round for the first time. According to the ATP, the French Open has been held since 2009.
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No. 4 Stefanos Sitsipas, runner-up of Novak Djokovic at Roland-Garros last year, saved four set points after trailing 6-2 in the last tiebreaker and defeated 134th-ranked qualifier Zedenek Kolar 6-3, 7-6 (8), 6-7. ), 7-6 (6) 4-hour, 6-minute fight.
Cola has never won a tour-level match until this week, but his relentless ball-tracking sit-ups have finally admitted: “He drove me crazy. Yes, it was really frustrating. … not easy. Not easy. “
Pliskova was ranked No. 1, runner-up at Wimbledon last year and the US Open in 2016, and Roland Garros reached the semifinals in 2017.
“One thing is for sure, the way I played, and I think the other thing is how he played,” Pliskova said.
Jinjin trailed 2-1 before collecting nine games in a row, showing some tactical intelligence that Delgado praised as one of his greatest qualities, saying: “He knows where to play, how to play, when to play.”
Always there. Caroline Garcia, a French player who was ranked No. 4, knew when Jinjin was. They were doubles teammates in a series of youth events in Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Italy in 2010, when Garcia was 16 and Jinjin was 14.
“He was like the best of the best at the age of 10, 12 and everyone thought he was going to be incredible ৷ and then he disappeared completely … now, he’s making his way again,” said Garcia, You can do it, for example, if you believe it. “
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