On October 7th, Beijing time, the dark horse Podolska in the French Open qualifiers upset the No. 3 seed Svitolina 6-2 6-4. The breakthrough journey continues.
With this victory, the Argentine girl became the first qualifier in the French Open women's singles semifinals in the Open, and the first qualifier to achieve this feat in a major in the past 21 years.
Before the French Open this year, the 23-year-old Podoloska had never won a main match at the Grand Slam level, had never beaten a TOP50 player, or even won two consecutive WTA tournaments.
However, after coming to Roland Garros, she has won eight consecutive games including three qualifying games, and she has the opportunity to make an impact on Saturday's final.
"I'm so excited that I can't speak, but thank you for your support. I am very, very happy!" Podolska said.
"I tried various tricks. The coach and I practiced well during the epidemic. The team and I have been training hard. I think this is why I can stand here today."
She tied the best record of a qualifier player in the Open in the Grand Slam tournament. Previously, only Stevenson (1999 Wimbledon) and Mattison (1978 Australian Open) had reached the semi-finals. The next The task is to achieve transcendence.