The Montpellier, 227th on the planet, climbed to the third spherical of the principle draw of Roland-Garros by providing the scalp of the Czech Karolina Pliskova, the seeded n ° 8.
We is not going to swear to you that she offers you a “Hugo Gaston” style 2020 however already, after solely two victories, Leolia Jeanjean marked the spirits of this 2022 classic of Roland-Garros. Born on August 14, 1995 in Montpellier, the Héraultaise has had a really particular life itinerary.
A prodigy of the very younger courts (- 30 to 13 years previous, clearly superior in comparison with Amélie Mauresmo), she noticed her momentum break at 14 (triple dislocation of the patella of the left knee), “it price me two years of my tennis life”.
It was his father who guided his younger years on the courts, racket in hand. Bouchard, Svitolina, Keys, Puntitseva seem in activate his file, “I beat all of them and I damage myself on the worst time. So sure, it might have, it ought to have been me. I do not watch tennis feminine on tv, it hurts me”, she instructed us eleven months in the past in the course of the Montpellier Hérault Girls’s Open as a part of the selection of ASCH Montpellier in Grabels.
Celebration to United States (19-24 years previous) to check there by taking a level in prison justice and sociology, the Frenchwoman continued her tennis exercise, even profitable a number of college titles in Convention, particularly the Massive 12 Convention with Baylor.
— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 26, 2022
Give your self a second probability
However the little yellow ball is greater than ever in her head, Léolia doesn’t need to reside in remorse, “I needed to provide all the pieces to not expertise it as a result of I had some with Kiki Mladenovic with whom I used to be coaching with Caroline Garcia, a doubles teammate on a tour of South America….”.
So many causes to tackle a considerably loopy problem, that of returning to the skilled tennis circuit and discovering the WTA circuit, at 24 years previous. In 2020, absent from the world rankings, her semi-final on the Manacor Futures, a ultimate within the Challenger FFT, her success on the Serge Blanco Open on the Stade Toulousain, the membership the place she was dismissed after defending the colours of TC La Grande-Motte are solely phases.
Similar to in 2021 these tournaments with kind of success in Saint-Gaudens, Sibenik (Croatia), in Slovenia, in Périgueux, at ASCH Montpellier… the world of “quasi-anonymous”, the one the place we doesn’t reside from his ardour, the place one should above all calculate every expense, every journey by favoring the monetary side over the sporting problem…
Remained playful, with a pleasant freshness as an asset, “even when I’m 26 years previous, mentally, it is as if I have been 19”, then again she needed to get a brand new physique “as a result of I had taken numerous weight in the USA. It’s on this degree that I’ve labored and developed essentially the most throughout all these final months”, she defined this Thursday throughout a very attended press convention.
The journey continues for the Montpellier Léolia Jeanjean who gives herself the ex n. 1 on the planet and seeded n. 8 the Czech Karolina Pliskova within the 2nd spherical of @Roland Garros 6-2 6-2 in 1h15. What a feat. #tennis pic.twitter.com/5Keu1iwDTF
— Duperron Pierre (@DuperronPierre) May 26, 2022
“It isn’t a query of scattering me”
Recipient of a wild card at Roland-Garros because of her success within the operation concocted by the FFT, “Vacation spot Roland-Garros”, Léolia has been dwelling an actual dream for just a few days: “Taking part in my first Grand Slam on clay , my favourite floor, in my nation.”
This wild card, she validated it at will by providing in flip the scalps of the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas-Diaz (forty fifth on the planet) within the 1st spherical (6-4 6-3 in 1h 28) then Karolina Pliskova (eighth on the planet, 30 years previous), on the prime of world tennis in July 2017, twice Grand Slam finalist (US Open 2016, Wimbledon 2021), 9 instances within the Grand Eight, a reference.
Solely the second High-100 opponent she has confronted in her profession…
And French wildcard Leolia Jeanjean eliminates Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 to achieve Spherical 3 in Paris! ??
—wta (@WTA) May 26, 2022
The Czech and her flat strikes nonetheless exploded in entrance of the envy, the a lot superior number of play of Occitane, coached by Thomas Delgado, met … by probability. Verdict: a 6-2 6-2 on the scoreboard of the very copiously furnished courtroom Simonne Mathieu who took a liking to the neophyte by frequently splitting “Jeanjean Jeanjean Jeanjean…” in the course of the 75 minutes how lengthy the debates lasted.
“I nonetheless discover it troublesome to appreciate, it was a full match from the primary to the final level. I behave properly on the courtroom which has not all the time been the case (smile), I attempt to breathe properly however I don’t scatter in my reactions”, she defined to these, thirty journalists together with many foreigners.
She’s going to play Begu within the third spherical
Grateful, “I am a bit of overwhelmed by all the pieces that is happening, all these requests with which I’ve a bit of bother I admit. There, I need to savor the second with out taking my head.” Within the house of some months, the “little” Léolia Jeanjean could have gone from the RSA to the €125,800 that are already promised to her with this accession to the third spherical the place she will probably be oppdaring to Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu (63rd on the planet) with the assure of coming into the WTA High 200 directly (she is already 148th within the WTA reside rating).
227 – Leolia Jeanjean, 227th on the planet rating @WTA_insider, is the lowest-ranked participant to win a match at Roland Garros in opposition to a top-10 opponent since Conchita Martinez in 1988 in opposition to Lori McNeil. OptaJeanjean?. #Roland Garros pic.twitter.com/uBqs1THZY0
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) May 26, 2022
Calm, composed, measured in her numerous reactions, considerably “revengeful” for all of the galleys she has skilled, Léolia is aware of completely properly at 26 the place she is coming from. Her close to future is mapped out, she “sees herself staying in tennis for a really very long time now”. Within the instant future, it’s above all and already a third spherical at Roland-Garros and “that, I might not have imagined it…”