Lucas Pouille enters the general picture, Mirra Andreeva traces her path… What to remember from the fourth day of qualifying
Lucas Pouille won his third match of the qualifying tournament and secured his ticket to Thursday’s main draw.
Lucas Pouille to launch the Frenchman? Only Tricolore on the field, Pouille validated his ticket for the main tournament on Thursday 25 May after a fight in three sets. He hopes to pave the way for his five compatriots still in contention on Friday. Today, young Mirra Andreeva has also continued to impress the world about her. While waiting for the final day of the qualifying tournament, a look at Thursday’s highlights.
Unbelievable, Lucas Pouille rips his ticket to the big picture
Lucas Pouille won his bet. Having passed the qualifiers to hope for a tenth participation in Porte d’Auteuil, the Frenchman reached the end of this first mini-tournament by winning his third match against the Austrian Jurij Rodionov. But everything could have changed otherwise. Returning very badly to his match, in total failure on serve, Lucas Pouille sank for the first time in the first set.
But driven by a boiling public, under the eyes of his compatriots Benoît Paire and Richard Gasquet, present in court 14 to encourage him, the Nordic held on to get his head out of the water. After a hard-fought second moto, he struggled with the Austrian in front of furious fans. After falling into depression in recent years, and having plummeted in the ATP ranking (currently 671st), the 29-year-old Frenchman therefore proposes a new Grand Slam main draw, the first since Roland-Garros last year.
Sensation Mirra Andreeva, qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw
She doesn’t stop anymore. Unveiled at the start of the clay season with an insane 16 match win streak to launch her pro career, the young Russian sealed her third victory in this qualifying tournament (7-5 [10-8], 6-4). After two quick victories (just 2:17 elapsed on the court since Monday), this time she offered the scalp of No. 1 seed Camila Osorio, 85th player in the world. Leading from the start, Andreeva won the first round after a tight tiebreak (10-8), before unfolding in the second set.
At 16 he won his first ticket to the main draw of a Grand Slam. All this, just weeks after having already written history by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the round of 16 of a WTA 1000 tournament, in late April, on her birthday. She could be joined by her older sister, Erika Andreeva, 19, who will play her third round on Friday.
The Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska again at the appointment
A year ago, his story moved the tennis world. After the invasion of her country by Russia, Dayana Yastremska had to flee, in the company of her little sister Ivanna, and found refuge in France. She this year she will still be at the appointment of the main draw. The 23-year-old won her third-round match against 25th seed Greet Minnen of Belgium (6-3, 2-6, 6-4).
Pushed into a third set after starting her match very well, she ended up coming out after just over two hours of fighting. The only Ukrainian present in the third qualifying round, she joins five compatriots (Elina Svitolina, Lesia Tsurenko, Anhelina Kalinina, Kateryna Baindl, Marta Kostyuk) who qualified directly for the main draw. The Ukrainian flag, already present in the bays in this qualifying week, should continue to fly inside Roland-Garros.