Tennis - Russian Margarita Gasparyan says making her way back to the upper echelons of professional tennis after three knee surgeries is a long road but one that she is ready for. The 23-year-old stands one victory away from joining next week’s main draw at the WTA Connecticut Open at the Connecticut Tennis Center.On Saturday, Gasparyan defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to reach the final qualifying round of the WTA Connecticut Open and will meet Puerto Rico's Monica Puig for a spot in the main draw.
Gasparyan commented, “I’m very happy to be in this position. To be here after such a long layoff is a miracle. Today I fought to the end. I feel I truly deserved this win. The process is just step by step. And let’s see what (Sunday) brings.
My physical condition is not perfect. I can only work every day to get better. I have to spend time on the tennis court. But I have to spend time with the physical rehab people as well. It’s tough mentally. I feel pain every day.
But I fight every day. Originally I thought the process would be a few months and one surgery. But it became one year and four months and two more surgeries. At my best in 2015, I was at No. 41 in the world. When you go up the rankings, you play in the best tournaments against the best players.
It’s an amazing feeling. The long range goal is to get back to that. Right now, it feels good to be out on the court playing.” The 23-year-old Gasparyan is currently ranked No. 403 in the world and hopes to rise back in the rankings to get to her earlier best ranking.