Italy’s Martina Trevisan reached her first Grand Slam semi-final on Tuesday with a victory over Canada’s Leylah Fernandez at the French Open. ), 6-3. The 28-year-old will face Coco Gauff or Sloane Stephens for a place in the final. Trevisan was a shock quarter-finalist at Roland Garros as a qualifier in 2020. Despite her modest placing this year, she returned to the tournament with a maiden WTA title under her belt in Rabat and entered Tuesday’s draw. on a nine-game winning streak. .
She made that 10 when she claimed victory on a second match point after losing one in the second set with Fernandez left to regret his 44 unforced errors.
“I was very nervous on that first match point, I thought I was already in the semi-finals,” said Trevisan, the first Italian to make the last four since Sara Errani in 2013.
“It’s normal so I readjusted. I came here from Rabat with a lot of energy. It was my first title and it was a very emotional moment for me.”
Trevisan, now assured of a place in the top 30 at least, said the Grand Slam titles of fellow Italian Francesca Schiavone in Paris in 2010 and Flavia Pennetta at the 2015 US Open were her influences.
“They are happy for me. I saw them yesterday when they were in Paris playing the legends event. They are my biggest inspirations.”
After being broken in the opener, US Open runner-up Fernandez needed lengthy treatment for a right foot injury after the fifth game.
At 5-4 in the second set, Trevisan failed to convert a match point and Fernandez grabbed her lifeline by taking the tie-break.
The Italian double-breaked her teenage opponent to lead 4-0 in the decider before claiming victory on a second match point with a forehand cross.
Later on Tuesday, the 18-year-old Gauff tries to make her first Grand Slam semi-final when she faces fellow American and 2018 runner-up Stephens.
Gauff, a junior champion at Roland Garros four years ago, is yet to drop a set before qualifying for a second consecutive quarter-final in Paris.
Unranked Stephens arrived in the French capital on a five-game losing streak but overturned that dismal form to make the last eight of a Slam for the first time in three years.
The other quarter-finals come on Wednesday when world number one Iga Swiatek aims for a 33rd straight victory over Jessica Pegula of the United States.
Swiatek, who celebrated her 21st birthday on Tuesday, was champion in Paris in 2020.
“I’m proud to still be in the tournament,” Swiatek said after battling back from a set down to defeat Chinese teenager Zheng Qinwen in the fourth round on Monday.
Daria Kasatkina and Veronika Kudermetova meet in the other quarter-final.
It would raise the prospect that a Russian champion in Paris could not make it to Wimbledon next month after players from Russia and Belarus were banned from the tournament following the invasion of Ukraine.
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