They make noise in Paris. Maria Camila Osorio Serrano and Daniel Galán were the only two Latin Americans to overcome the qualifying phase at Roland Garros and thus Colombia has a woman and a man in the singles tables of the same Grand Slam in three years, since they played Mariana Duque Mariño and Santiago Giraldo, also at Roland Garros, in 2018.
The French Open, on its clay courts, is the most traditional and generally loved by Latin American players. And in that place, Colombian tennis once again has a presence in both individual tables, thanks to Osorio, just 19 years old, and Galán, 24.
On Thursday, Osorio, junior champion of the US Open 2019 and who last month made the great leap in the professional circuit by winning the WTA in Bogotá, before his people, achieved his third victory in the Parisian qualy and thus the dream passage to the tournament . “I’m happy, I can’t believe I play the same tournament as Roger Federer, my idol,” admitted the wedge.
She did not give up a set in qualifying and made the main draw of a Major for the first time. This Friday the classifieds were raffled and her debut in Paris will be against the American Madison Brengle.
For his part, Galán played several times in the previous phases of the Grand Slam and this will be his third major tournament, the second at the French Open. Precisely, he completed his best performance in a Major last year at Roland Garros, when he reached the third wheel and lost to Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world.
In the key to Galán, born in Bogotá, he will have to measure himself in the first round with Argentine Guido Pella, who has been suffering from physical problems.
The previous occasion with two Colombians, one in each key, of a Grand Slam, was in Paris three seasons ago. In 2018, Duque passed the first round and Giraldo also reached the second round.
A coincidence: Those debut wins were the last of Duque and Giraldo’s careers in a Grand Slam. Now, three years later, Osorio and Galán are in the sights of their fans and they hope to successfully overcome that first match.