Two qualifiers – Italy’s Martina Trevisan and Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska – made it to the quarter-finals of 2020 Roland Garros on Sunday. Trevisan upset the fifth-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens while Podoroska got past the Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova in their respective round-of-16 matches.
Earlier, at the start of the day’s proceedings, Trevisan propped up a thorough game to get the better of Bertens 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. Trevisan broke Bertens early in the first set and maintained her lead right up to the ninth game when she served for the set.
While she was broken in trying to do so, Bertens lost her own serve while attempting to consolidate her break back in the 10th game. The second set followed a somewhat similar pattern as Trevisan went up an early break in the first four games of the set.
Bertens broke back in the fifth game and then consolidated her serve to level the set at three-all. A second break of the world no. 8’s serve in the seventh game allowed Trevisan to serve for the match. But, once again, she came under pressure and was broken back.
She finally clinched the win on her third match point on Bertens’ serve in the 10th game.
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The world no. 159 became the first qualifier since Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova at 2012 French Open reach the last-eight in the tournament.
She also became the 10th qualifier to make it this far in the French capital. Speaking to the media after the match, Trevisan said, “I played very good today. I think also today, the key of the match is to come on court and be aggressive on the court to do my play.
But I think the important thing is always my mentality, because match after match I got more confidence. So, when I enter on the court, I enter to win the match without fail”. Trevisan will play Iga Swiatek – who caused the biggest upset of the tournament – a fellow first-time quarter-finalist as her for a spot in the penultimate round.
Podoroska, overcame the loss of the opening set to down Krejcikova 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and nine minutes. In doing so, the world no. 131 became the 11th qualifier to reach the second-to-last round in Paris. Also, Podoroska and Trevisan’s finishes meant that it was the first time since 1978 that two qualifiers will be playing in the quarters at Roland Garros.
Podoroska will take on Elina Svitolina in their last-eight encounter at 2020 Roland Garros. The Ukrainian took a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over France’s favourite Carolina Garcia in just 63 minutes. Photo Credit: WTA Insider Twitter