Jasmine Paolini wrote history: "I hit every ball and here I am"

The Italian tennis player revealed her feelings at the on-court interview with Marion Bartoli, after qualifying for the Roland Garros semifinal

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Jasmine Paolini wrote history: "I hit every ball and here I am"
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Jasmine Paolini surprised the crowd at the Philippe Chatrier, on what was a historic day for Italian tennis at the Roland Garros. For the first time in its history, Italy brings two tennis players in the women's and men's singles at the same time and in the same Major semi-final (Jannik Sinner , new ATP No.1, will play the semifinal against Carlitos Alcaraz tomorrow - ed.). Paolini beat Elena Rybakina in three sets, with the final score 6-2 4-6 6-4, reaching the first Slam semifinal of her career and obtaining the first victory over a Top 5.

"It's an incredible feeling, it was a really tough match. In the second set I got a bit emotional: I said to myself, okay, she's a champion and it can happen. Then I went back there to hit every ball and here I am. I tried to always stay in the exchange, to forget what happened in the second set, these things can happen, tennis is like that and you have to accept it.
The important thing was then to get back to fighting,"
she said during the on-court interview with Marion Bartoli.

Jasmine Paolini
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The Italian then thanked the French crowd for the support it received.

"Thank you all, it was the first time I played on this beautiful court, it's a joy and a privilege and I'm happy to have won in my first match because it's one of the most beautiful pitches in the world," she told.

We also remember that a few hours later, Jasmine also qualified for the semi-finals of the doubles tournament with her countrywoman Sara Errani. 

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