Qualifying continues at Porte d’Auteuil on Tuesday, with a good story on the French side.
The first exchanges continue to resonate at Porte d’Auteuil, this Tuesday, May 23, for the second day of qualifying at Roland-Garros. Fifteen French were in the running, with mixed results. If the Blues have rather assured, it was not the case for their male compatriots, with seven Tricolores eliminated out of nine engaged.
The beautiful story: Alice Robbe, successful essay
At 23, Alice Robbe had to fight to tread the clay at the Porte d’Auteuil. And the young Frenchwoman intends to take advantage of her first French Open, for which she has not received a wildcard from the French Tennis Federation. It is with the sweat of his brow, and thanks to results which have made him gain 150 places in the ATP rankings over the past six months, that the Norman has snatched a ticket for the qualifications.
When it came to challenging Priscilla Hon (152nd player in the world) this Tuesday in the first round, Alice Robbe surely had that in mind. And the young woman used it to dismiss the Australian in two sets (6-2, 7-6), on a boiling short 14, especially during the 2nd set when the French was trailing 5-3. The 190th player in the world will therefore see the rest of the qualifications on Wednesday, against the Hungarian Reka Luca Jani (154th in the world).
The blow: Debru cut in full swing
All the lights seemed to be green… But the body gave up. After a completely missed first set against Nick Hardt (2-6), the promising tricolor Gabriel Debru had put on the warm-up blue and won seven consecutive games, to pocket the second set (6-1) ideally starting the third, in breaking his opponent from the start. But the young man of 17 years and 5 months will not go further for his second participation in Roland-Garros.
The one who had joined the second round last year by taking advantage of Arthur Fils’ abandonment on cramps saw the roles reversed. Indeed, hit in the thigh, Gabriel Debru collapsed at the start of the third set, before getting up and finishing on one leg, losing the set 6-3. He therefore left the Parisian tournament via the infirmary.
The stat: two victories for nine French
Apart from Alice Robbe’s performance, and regrets for Gabriel Debru, the tricolor clan had a mixed Tuesday. Among the men, Geoffrey Blancaneaux and Laurent Lokoli are the only two to have won on Tuesday. Opposed to the number one seed of these qualifications, Aslan Karatsev, Pierre-Hugues Herbert did not deserve, but lost in two very tight sets (7-6, 7-6). Same fate for Antoine Escoffier, beaten by the Finn Otto Virtanen (6-4, 6-4).
On the women’s side, the results are more positive, with the qualifications of Chloé Paquet, Elsa Jacquemo and Alice Robbe. Disappointment on the other hand for Harmony Tan, beaten by the Slovenian Polona Hercog in three sets (7-5, 0-6, 6-7).