France finds a new superstar, Roland Garros loses the reigning champion

SENT TO PARIS – France of tennis finally finds its new champion. The 19 year old Diane Parryafter winning only one of the first 8 games, overturns the match and beats the reigning champion Barbora Krecjikova 1-6 6-2 6-3, in just over two hours. The news is not represented only by the departure of the number 2 in the world, it is in fact also to underline the consecration of a new young champion.

It was an amazing match, a ray of French sunshine on a rainy day (from 1pm the roof of the Philippe-Chatrier was closed due to heavy rain), in which Diane Parry realizes a real enterprise, under the pressure of the huge audience present. “‘It is a dream for me to have played in this way, in this field, in front of an audience that supported me in this way, I am very happy”, she will say at the end of the match. At just 19, Parry reversed a match that started badly against the number 2 and reigning Grand Slam champion. And it was time that such a thing did not happen, or that in the first round she left the scene in a top five.

In reality, Parry only had to distance himself, because from the first games there were hints of talent, despite having suffered (and wrong) a lot, losing the partial 6-1. From the second set, however, something magical snaps into her, she continues to dare, but far less wrong than she is. She plays in depth, against time, often puts her opponent on the ropes (“I decided to be more aggressive since I had nothing to lose”, she will say at the end of the match).

And what a gorgeous one-handed backhand it sports, in front of a Philippe Chatrier who gradually filled up more and more (also waiting for the next match that will see the debut of Rafa Nadal). During the match, as the Frenchwoman reverses the trend, a certain euphoria can be noticed even outside the Philippe-Chatrier. When we go down to join a colleague momentarily, in front of the Susanne Langlen, we hear agitated phrases like: “Avez-vous vu comment Parry joue?” (Have you seen how Parry is playing?). And in front of the big screens, scattered around the tournament, fans fill up and support her from there.

We go back to the central and we still see some great tennis: Perry never stops believing it and by continuing to play with great character, he completely changes the dynamics of the game, proving to have great mental strength. I wait for her to catch on during her final interview, where she appears calm, mature and determined, despite the fact that she is only 19 and she finds herself speaking in front of an overcrowded Philippe-Chatrier.

With this great achievement, the young Frenchwoman definitely blossomed in the WTA circuit and his perseverance and determination have finally paid off. Do you think that Parry was only ranked 307th in the WTA when she arrived at Roland-Garros last year and today she is back in the Parisian Grand Slam as the 96th player in the world. Three years ago she distinguished herself at Roland-Garros by becoming the youngest French player to win a game in the main draw since Alizé Cornet in 2005. And now, in the second round, she will challenge the Colombian Camila Osorio, 66th in the world in the second round. His path can continue.

Roland Garros thus loses its outgoing champion, but France finds itself with a great champion. And that’s no small feat at a time when French men’s tennis is in a not-so-exceptional moment (to put it mildly).

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