Mirra Andreeva and Camila Osorio both took their eye-catching clay-court form into Roland Garros qualifying, posting straight-sets wins in the opening round.
Andreeva, 16, turned heads in Madrid three weeks ago by upsetting Beatriz Haddad Maia and Magda Linette to reach the last 16. The Australian Open junior finalist marked her Grand Slam qualifying debut with a 6-1, 6-4 defeat of No.31 seed Polina Kudermetova, extending her pro record this year to 18-2.
Five quick hits with Mirra Andreeva
No.143-ranked Andreeva dominated the opening set against Kudermetova, 19, and was clutch on the biggest points of a second set that featured seven breaks of serve. She will next face 2018 Bogota quarterfinalist Emiliana Arango, who notched her own first Grand Slam qualifying victory 6-4, 6-1 over Himeno Sakatsume.
Arango was one of two Colombians to advance to the second round of qualifying. No.1 seed Camila Osorio secured an efficient 6-4, 6-3 win over Raluka Serban, coming from 3-1 down in the first set to defeat the No.191-ranked Cypriot.
After learning to cope with negative attention, Camila Osorio shines in Madrid
Osorio, a former World No.33, slipped outside the Top 100 — and thus outside the Roland Garros main draw cut — two months ago after struggling with leg and hip injuries. But she has rebounded in style, and is back at No.84 this week after reaching the third round in Madrid and fourth round in Rome.
Osorio’s next opponent is mounting an even more ambitious comeback. Sesil Karatantcheva, 33, did not play between Wimbledon 2019 and her return in the Zaragoza ITF W80 event a month ago. The unranked Bulgarian notched her first win at any level since April 2019 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Fernanda Contreras in 2 hours and 8 minutes.
Karatantcheva, who reached the 2005 Roland Garros quarterfinals as a 15-year-old, impressed with a series of backhand winners on the run as she sped out to a 4-0 third-set lead. But she had to fight off a determined comeback from Contreras in a tense home stretch to close out victory.
The result is Karatantcheva’s first Grand Slam qualifying win since she defeated Arantxa Rus at the 2017 US Open, and her first at Roland Garros since beating Zhang Kai-Lin 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 in the first round of qualifying in 2016.
Former finalist Kenin knocked out by qualifying wild card: No.278-ranked Margaux Rouvroy made her Grand Slam qualifying debut a memorable one by upsetting No.23 seed Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-3 in 1 hour and 39 minutes.
The 22-year-old Frenchwoman had only contested one previous tour-level qualifying match, a first-round loss to Linda Noskova in Lyon this year. But she had received a qualifying wild card into her home major after compiling a 30-10 record on the ITF World Tour this year; and on a packed Court 14 with a home crowd chanting her name, Rouvroy made superb use of it.
Rouvroy’s defensive skills and anticipation made for a number of remarkable gets, and effectively slowed the tempo of the match down against an opponent renowned for her fast play.
Kenin, the Australian Open champion and Roland Garros runner-up in 2020, has been making her way back up the rankings following an injury-struck 2022. The American is just over a week removed from a statement upset of World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of Rome — but while she was able to blunt Sabalenka’s power, this time she was the one drawn into 46 unforced errors by Rouvroy’s retrieving.
Hruncakova, Radovanovic, Pattinama Kerkhove pull off comebacks: The first round of qualifying also saw a trio of wins from the brink of defeat. No.19 seed Viktoria Hruncakova (née Kuzmova) trailed Sonay Kartal by a set and 5-1 — but promptly won 16 of the next 21 points to peg the Briton back to 5-5. Former World No.43 Hruncakova went on to win 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
A clash of French wild cards saw No.565-ranked Nina Radovanovic, 19, save one match point en route to a 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over No.485-ranked Lois Boisson, 20. Radovanovic trailed 5-3 in the third set, and staved off the match point as Boisson served at 5-4.
Elsewhere, Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove trailed Leyre Romero Gormaz by a set and 5-3 before turning the match around to win 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.
More to come…