Five Frenchmen were engaged in singles, Thursday, May 26. Among them, Léolia Jeanjean joins Diane Parry in the third round of Roland-Garros. Gilles Simon and Hugo Gaston delighted the Paris public when Alizé Cornet got rid of Jelena Ostapenková in a “night session”. Only Caroline Garcia was eliminated against Madison Keys.
Gilles Simon prolongs the pleasure
At the age of 37 and for his last professional season, Gilles Simon is postponing the date of his last match at Roland-Garros. The Habs, carried by the boiling public of Philippe-Chatrier, who set fire on several brilliant moves, won in three sets against American Steve Johnson. (7-5, 6-1, 7-6 [8-6]).
Two days after his stunning match against Pablo Carreno Busta, “Gillou” found the means to hold a new intense encounter. “I had an incredible match two years ago days, he confided afterwards. It was different there, I had a lot of stress at the beginning. He finds Marin Cilic, for the third round among veterans.
Alizé Cornet falls in the third round
Alizé Cornet continues her happy journey. The Frenchwoman got rid of Jelena Ostapenková (6-0, 1-6, 6-3) during three rounds during the night. Given the pedigree of her opponent, the winner of the 2017 tournament, this is no small feat. Although Cornet dominated the second set, she tried to reverse the trend.
“I tried to be as stable as possible, in my head too, and that, at home, is not won. So I’m very proud “she enjoyed the meeting. This is the best performance of Niçoise Porte d’Auteuil since 2017. Qinwen Zheng, 74th in the world and falling Simona Halep, Thursday.
Hugo Gaston with good memories of 2020
Hugo Gaston is no longer the same when he plays on Paris soil. As two years ago, the Frenchman confirmed the ticket for the third round of Roland-Garros, which he also ran over. After a long battle against Alex de Minaur (3h59) in the first round, Gaston easily offered to Pedro Cachin in three sets in a row on Thursday (6-4, 6-2, 6-4).
He finds Nor Holger Rune, who still hasn’t failed a single set and who looks like an outsider. “I know him a little. We’ve been training here earlier this week. I played doubles with him again this year. So I know he’s a very tough player. It will be a very difficult matchGaston said at a press conference.
The dream continues for Léolie Jeanjean
Three days after her very first grand slam victory, Léolia Jeanjean, the 227th player in the world, achieved a new success when she eliminated the eighth Karolína Plíšková (6-2, 6-2). The Frenchwoman outclassed the Czech Republic by outwitting her thanks to various blows and taking advantage of her 28 unforced errors.
The beautiful story continues for the former great hope of French tennis, who grabbed a wild card to play on her very first Roland-Garros. Five years ago, when Plíšková was the world number one, Jeanjean abandoned his dream of a professional career and studied in the United States.
This victory in the second round of Roland-Garros confirms the choice of the former young miracle to try his luck again on the circuit: “I wanted to come back so I wouldn’t regret it. I think I made the right decision.”she said with a smile after her victory.
The French enter the third round and will face Romania’s Irina Begu (63rd player in the world), who is lower in the rankings than her first two rivals.
Caroline Garcia won’t go any further
Bis repeated for Garcia. The French’s journey ends in the second round, as in 2021. Lyonnaise failed to gain the upper hand over American Madison Keys, who placed 22nd, and lost in two sets (6-4, 7-6 [7-3]). Burdened by the return of the service and errors in key moments, she succumbed to the strength of her opponent.
“I could already play Roland-Garros, which wasn’t certain two months ago. My leg held. Overall, it was a positive match on my part. This is my second in two months. It’s never easy. I can take positives from this game“He preferred to keep the French.