Nadia Podoroska: from ranking 255th in January to semi-finals at Roland Garros


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Nadia Podoroska: from ranking 255th in January to semi-finals at Roland Garros

Nadia podoroska continues to advance steadily in Roland Garros. This time, after defeating Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4, she got into Grand Slam semifinals for the first time in his career. But his story in this 2020 It started very differently from how you are going through it. Is that rosarina, He started the year in the 255th position in the ranking and playing ITF tournaments.

The January of the Argentine tennis player who revolutionized Paris began in Malibu, California. There he played an ITF tournament (those of lower hierarchy) and won it by beating the local Claire Liu (244 °) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final. Just a week later, she traveled to the island of Guadeloupe to contest the ITF of Petit Bourg, which also won in the final against the French Harmony Tan (238 °) by a double 7-5.

Those triumphs gave him the impetus to keep climbing, not only in the tournament level, but also in the rankings. By the first week of February Podoroska was already ranked 171st in the world rankings after reaching the semifinals of the WTA 125 in Newport Beach, California, in which she beat four players with a higher ranking than her own and fell in the semis against the American Madison Brengle (78th).

The money that was accumulating as he was achieving the triumphs (U $ D 15,400) allowed him to continue maintaining his work team and travel to even more important tournaments. Between the end of February and the beginning of March, the Rosario played the WTA International in Acapulco and Monterrey, in which only in the latter could she reach the main draw (she lost in the first round).

Before the suspension of tennis was decreed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Podoroska was in Irapuato playing another ITF tournament. But after reaching the quarterfinals, the tournament had to be suspended due to the world situation and the rosatina was inactive for five months.

August found her ranked 167th and going to compete in Europe. The WTA International in Palermo was her post-suspension debut and she reached the main draw again but did not advance from the first round. A week later she would travel to Prague to compete in the two International WTAs that would be played there, falling in the qualifying of the first but reaching the semifinals in the second, being the 12th seed of the contest.

Before arriving at Roland Garros, Podoroska won the ITF of Saint-Malo being the 8th seed, after beating the Spanish Cristina Bucsa 4-6, 7-5,6-2. After going through the Roland Garros qualification and achieving surprising victories in the contest, the Rosario made sure to enter the Top 50 of the WTA ranking and leave behind the bad economic past that did not allow her to take off, the lack of sponsors, the fight in minor tournaments around the world and resurface in the great women’s tennis tournaments with the Argentine flag.


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