Getting to know Jasmine Paolini



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Getting to know Jasmine Paolini

Jasmine Paolini, a 23-year-old Italian player was born in the town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, a town near Toscana in Central Italy. She lives now in Bagni di Lucca, a commune of Tuscany. Paolini's mother is of Ghanaian and Polish descent and her dad is Italian.

She speaks fluent Italian more than English. It was four years ago that she was given a wild card to the 2015 Italian Open main draw for doubles and partnered with Nastassja Burnett. The opponents were Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who they had lost to in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.

Paolini had started her trek of ITF events in 2013 through 2019 where she won 7 singles and 6 runner-up titles. It was in 2017 she had her best singles rankings of no. 130 and the following year of 2018 she went through the qualifying rounds of the 2018 Australian Open where she had lost.

She really didn't consider herself at a disadvantage because she joined the Italian team in Fed Cup acquiring the needed experience and sharpened her skills in WTA tournaments. She had her first win over two top 20 players, Daria Kasatkina and Karolina Schmedlova at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Colombia of May 2018.

The same year she was a runner up at an Italian ITF tournament that gave her the determination to go on. It was a few months ago that Jasmine Paolini won a title in Brazil and in between was practising for her journey into qualifying for the French Open.

Paolini was focused and determined to make it into the second grand slam of the year since she had already had a try at qualifying for the main draw of the Australian Open. But where she wasn't so lucky there, she had plenty of success at the qualifying rounds for Roland Garros.

The first round she'd played Germany's Anna Zaja and won 6-2, 6-4. Despite having blasted 6 aces on Paolini, the Italian came back with great serves and only had one double fault. She played aggressively and carried her gritty play onto the second qualifying round where she met up with Rebecca Sramkova from Slovakia.

She had many unforced errors which she literally gave Paolini the match as the Italian kept her aggressive play up and had control of her shots to win the match 7-5, 6-0. It was only one more round Paolini had to close out in order to get through to the French Open's main draw.

She knew keeping composure and mental strength was what it took to win and play at Roland Garros and she wanted it badly. The last qualifying round was with American Allie Kiick. Paolini's first serves were precise and she'd win on many of them.

She kept her focus and had no double faults. Jasmine Paolini knew that she would have to dictate the game or otherwise not get into the French Open and that's what she did. She won her qualifying round and gets into the French Open main draw to see how her skills and the top of her game pairs with her opponents.

She's learned so much this far as to competition and her style and strategies of playing professional tennis. It will take in practice the needed energies to strengthening her weaknesses and staying consistent with the positives of her game to come out a winner.

She only hopes that she can go deep into the French Open, but competition is fierce and if not she's won already by just getting into the second grand slam of the season.